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Group Home Evacuated Due To Fire Next Door
Fire Department and Neighbor, State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Help to Ensure Residents Are Safe and Sheltered
Yonkers, N.Y., January 2, 2015 – On January 1, a three-alarm fire destroyed a vacant Yonkers home, causing the neighbors, residents of The Arc of Westchester’s Inverness residence, to evacuate at approximately 2:30 a.m. The home housed eight residents, who were quickly and safely evacuated by staff members Kareene Lloyd and Carmen Rodriguez. State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who lives across the street from the home, welcomed all of the residents into her house until they were able to return home at approximately 5:30 a.m. the next morning.
“We are very thankful to our staff, whose swift and composed actions helped all of the residents to evacuate the home safely,” said Ric Swierat, executive director of The Arc of Westchester. “We would also like to extend our gratitude to State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer whose kindness and generosity helped keep our residents safe and warm during a very traumatic experience. And, of course, the local fire department deserves our thanks as well. They arrived promptly, extinguished the fire, and inspected our home carefully before allowing our residents to return.”
The group home suffered minimal damage – a small portion of siding melted as well as some metal on the vehicles. No one inside the home was injured.
About The Arc of Westchester
The Arc of Westchester is the oldest and largest agency in the county serving children, teens and
adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Over 800 employees provide more than 2,000 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life.
The mission of The Arc of Westchester is to empower children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, to achieve their potential by
strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests.
The Arc of Westchester’s vision is a world in which children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future.
The Arc of Westchester is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and The Arc.
Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc of Westchester, not The
ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.