A firefighter who was trapped in a blaze that swept through a suburban New York assisted living home was found dead Wednesday, a day after the fire caused a partial collapse of the building and killed one resident, officials said.
“Early this morning the recovery efforts were successful and the body of a fallen firefighter, a hero for all was recovered and removed with great solemnity by his fellow brothers and sisters in the fire and emergency services,” Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said in a Facebook post.
Officials did not immediately identify the firefighter or the resident who was killed in the blaze.
“This is an extraordinarily difficult time for the fire services within Rockland County,” Hoehmann said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the bravest and the fellow firefighters of Spring Valley who lost a brother.”
Two other firefighters and multiple other residents were sent to hospitals. A second resident thought for several hours to be missing was later found unharmed, officials said.
The home, which is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of New York City, housed 112 residents, according to its operator.
The operators of the home said in a statement Tuesday that all the survivors had been accounted for and would be placed in a new home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.