PEARL RIVER, Rockland County (WABC) – Half a dozen firefighters are recovering from smoke inhalation after fighting a persistent fire that broke out at an indoor gun range in Rockland County Sunday afternoon.
The fire broke out on Sunday lunchtime at RISE (Rockland Indoor Shooting & Education) in the basement of a shopping center in Pearl River.
The fire quickly spread to other stores in the building, including Dollar General and Dunkin Donuts.
It took the fire brigade almost six hours to get the fire under control. More than 100 firefighters from 20 departments were on duty.
Michelle Worob had a lot to thank you for on Monday. The fire did not spread to her 24 year old deli. Still, there were some tense moments.
“At some point during the night things got pretty scary and pretty out of control and the fire crept over the soffit towards our stores,” said Worob. “There were times when we thought the whole place was going to blow up.”
According to the fire department, access to the flames was difficult due to the location deep in the basement of the shopping center.
“There were a lot of cavities that we couldn’t reach with our hoses,” said Jim Morrison, Pearl River chief fire officer. “We’re tearing off ceilings and such, trying to get to the access point, nothing good, it didn’t work.”
“The way the gun club is built is a requirement that it has a steel or lead ceiling,” said builder David Rosen. “So there is a gap between the lead ceiling and the underside of the floor.”
The injured firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. All are expected to survive.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
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