By Joy Bergmann
A massive contingent of emergency fire and rescue vehicles took over West End Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets Sunday afternoon around 1:40pm, answering an “all-hands” call for a fire at 305 West End Assisted Living. The senior residence has approximately 250 occupied apartments, according to a staffer standing outside the building.
“There was an apartment fire on the 11th floor. Nobody was home at the time of the fire,” FDNY Deputy Chief Saccavino told WSR at the scene. “Nobody was injured except one member from the fire department.” He added that no evacuation of residents would be needed and that the fire did not extend beyond the one apartment. The cause is under investigation. “There was no outward cause that we could immediately determine,” he said.
A faint odor of smoke floated in the humid air, but no other indication of damage or distress was visible from the street. First-responders had been ready for any eventuality. According to FDNY, 12 units and 60 firefighters responded. Additional support vehicles including MERVs [major emergency response vehicles for transporting large numbers of people] and NYPD units lined the avenue for 90 minutes.