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Firefighters Battle Blaze At Mid-Westchester JCC

Fire officials from New Rochelle are on the scene of a fire at the JCC of Mid-Westchester at Wilmot Road in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle firefighters examining the JCC in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The JCC of Mid-Westchester after the fire broke out in the sauna room. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle firefighters on the scene. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
There were several fire engines called to the fire at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Firefighters relaxing after the flames were knocked down. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Firefighters from New Rochelle battled a fire at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Mid-Westchester on Wilmot Road in Scarsdale on Wednesday night.

The fire started at around 5 p.m. in the sauna room and New Rochelle firefighters had it knocked down within 90 minutes. All children and JCC staff members were immediately and swiftly evacuated to the Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center across the street. No injuries have been reported.

It is unknown if there is any structural damage to the building. Scarsdale police assisted in traffic control, as Wilmot Road needed to be closed so a fireh ose could be dragged across the street, according to New Rochelle Lt. J. Collins Coyne.

“At this point it’s extinguished and evacuated. We have some people stuck right now because of the traffic (at the corner),” he said at 6:30 p.m. once the fire was extinguished. “At this point, it’s about ensuring that it can’t reignite. They’ll do an extensive cleaning and then begin ventilating.”

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