YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of people in Yonkers were finally allowed to return to their homes Friday after being evacuated a day earlier due to a four-alarm fire that broke out at a nearby discount store.
It took firefighters about six hours to put out the blaze that started at the Dollar K discount store just before 4 p.m. Thursday. Smoke from the flames could be seen for miles.
The fast-moving fire consumed the building quickly in the South Broadway business district. Buildings on both sides of the store were evacuated. Some residents said they could barely see by the time they got out.
“We thought it was going to be something fast but then we saw that smoke and it was horrible,” said resident Xiomara Paula.
“I just ran out like this,” resident Sarah Rodriguez said. “My husband took one side of the building I took the other side and I screamed like crazy ‘fire get out, get out, get out.’”
“It was all smoke,” said resident Jorge Torres. “They were knocking on doors, the firefighters.”