The fast-moving fire erupted about 10:30 a.m. on the western side of the Raymond Castle apartment complex and took firefighters from 11 departments more than three hours to quell, officials said.
With temperatures in the 80s, firefighters worked in shifts to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration. One firefighter was overcome by the heat and another was treated for a minor injury after taking a fall, officials said. No other injuries were reported.
Fire officials reported several firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and one fell inside the building but they were treated at the scene.
At one point or another, the Spring Valley, New City, Suffern, Tappan, Orangeburg, Hillcrest, Nanuet, Pearl River, Congers, Stony Point, Nyack, Tallaman and Monsey fire departments all responded.
“Our volunteers did a great job in cutting off the fire,” (Rockland County fire coordinator Gordon) Wren said. “When they frist showed up, they had to decide to try and manage the fire or go through the apartments and search for people. So they went looking for anyone inside, and thankfully the other departments showed up to help get things under control.”
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