Rescuers recovered the body of a firefighter nearly 24 hours after a large fire at an assisted living facility in New York on Tuesday left a resident dead and others injured, authorities said Wednesday.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day identified the firefighter as Jared Lloyd, a 15-year veteran of the Spring Valley Fire Department who was one of the first to appear at the scene of the fire.
“Jared Lloyd gave his life in the service of others,” Day said Wednesday during a news conference. “He searched as the building burned, determined to rescue anyone who might have been trapped.”
Lloyd was the second victim of the fire that broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Court Home For Adults in Spring Valley, about 30 miles north of New York City. Authorities said the resident who died after being taken to a nearby hospital was a man, but did not release his name or any other details.
When firefighters arrived, large flames were already breaking through the building and first responders began evacuating residents.
Christopher Kear, a Rockland County fire officer, said Lloyd went to the third floor to rescue someone and “got lost in condition.”
About 20 residents with fire-related injuries were taken to nearby hospitals, including the resident who was pronounced dead at the hospital, Kear said. One remained in critical condition Wednesday, he said.
Two firefighters who were also injured and taken to area hospitals are expected to recover, Kear said. One of the firefighters was released Tuesday.
More than 100 people lived in the home, but officials were still trying to find out how many were in the facility at the time of the fire.
Kear said the building was a total loss and that it was too early to comment on the cause of the fire.
In video captured at the scene, firefighters can be heard yelling “mayday” and “kick back” as they watch as part of the building, engulfed in flames, collapses. The video also shows Rockland Hatzoloh emergency medical workers at the scene, providing assistance to victims.
Some residents were evacuated by bus to an off-site facility after volunteers of the Rockland Chaverim, another EMS group, put them “safe and out of harm’s way.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the state Department of Health to help move more than 100 residents to other facilities Tuesday. It also deployed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to assist with the fire investigation. State police officers are helping gather evidence.
“On behalf of the New York family, my heart breaks for those who lost loved ones in the fire, and we pray that everyone involved is safe,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The State will continue to provide all the support that is necessary to ensure that this happens.”