YONKERS – Firefighters found an unconscious man inside a vacant home when they searched the property during a fire Sunday night, officials said.
“It looked like (this man) may have been squatting,” said Assistant Chief Robert Antulov. “Luckily we were able to find this person and get him out.”
The man, whose identify was not released, was breathing and taken to Westchester Medical Center after suffering smoke inhalation, Antulov said. It was unclear what other injuries he may have suffered and his condition was not immediately available.
Firefighters got a call at 8:32 p.m. about a fire in a vacant home. They discovered the man during a search on the second floor of the wood-frame building at 37 Dunbar St., which had no power or gas service.
Officials said they were investigating whether the fire was intentionally started. Antulov could not say if there were indications of arson.
Yonkers police were also called to the scene and remained outside the house late Sunday evening. Yellow tape blocked off the property. Officials said they planned on contacting the owners of the building.
Thirty-five firefighters responded to the fire, which took about 10 minutes to knock down and possibly burned itself out. Antulov said there wasn’t much fire but a “heavy smoke condition.”
A group of residents gathered down the block as firefighters worked the scene. Neighbors said the home near the Saw Mill River Parkway had been rented but the tenants moved out last year. Dead flowers, an empty bottle and a DVD tray could be seen in the front window.