Twenty Families Displaced in Claremont Fire
by David Greene
Officials say six homes were destroyed as fire tore through a stretch of row-homes in Claremont, The Bronx on Wednesday, March 1.
The fire broke out at 1:30 p.m., inside the second-floor of 1342 College Avenue, the fire quickly spread to five surrounding homes through the row-homes shared cock-loft.
The FDNY reported 170 firefighters from Division 6 / Battalion 17 battled the blaze, which went to 4-alarms. Officials also say 9 tower ladders were used to fight the stubborn blaze from above as well as the ground.
The fire was brought under control after two hours and EMS reported that 10 firefighters and 1 civilian were treated for minor injuries. Several pets were reported lost in the blaze.
The Red Cross was assisting the estimated 20 families displaced by the blaze.
The FDNY says the cause of the blaze is now under investigation.