Worker dies in overnight bike shop fire and roof collapse: MVFD

MOUNT VERNON, NY – Firefighters from Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham and Eastchester battled a massive blaze overnight on Mount Vernon Avenue. The body of an employee was later found at the Bronx River Bicycle Works site.

The New Rochelle Fire Department confirmed providing mutual aid to fight the three-alarm blaze just before midnight. The fire at the commercial and residential building was first reported just after 9.30pm Thursday evening and took several hours to bring under control, with crews remaining at the scene until early the following afternoon.

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Bike shop owner Edward Mitchell, who lives upstairs from his business, told Jonathan Bandler of the Journal News that smoke was already billowing from the building by the time he was able to escape and call the 911. He alerted firefighters that a worker might still be in the building.

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Unfortunately, the man trapped inside was defeated before firefighters could reach him. Authorities are not identifying the employee who was killed until his family is notified.

“It’s such a disaster,” Mitchell told the newspaper this morning. “He was a good friend. He was a nice guy, a smart man and he could fix anything.”

Mount Vernon Fire Chief John Gibson told News 12 Westchester the blaze was particularly difficult to contain due to the age of the building. He said crews were lucky to be able to stop the flames from spreading to nearby buildings.

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