Patrick MoussignacJul 11, 2018, 11:50 am

Man dead after 5-alarm fire at home in Pomona

Fire officials say they found homeowner on bedroom floor at the residence on Quaker Road


POMONA — Fire officials are now trying to determine what sparked a deadly five-alarm fire that started Wednesday just before 3 a.m. at a home located at 286 Quaker Road. The residence was fully engulfed in flames and heavy smoke when firefighters arrived.

Hillcrest Fire Dept. Chief Chris Bowers says only one person was inside at the time.

"We made entry and found the homeowner in his bedroom, on the floor. We pulled him out the building. We performed CPR on him," Chief Bowers said.

He added that the victim was taken to Nyack Hospital. A detective from the Rockland County Sheriff's Dept. confirmed that the victim died, but wouldn't release the victim's name until family members were notified.

It took about 45 minutes to bring the heavy fire under control. Although it way too early to tell how the fire started, fire officials are looking at one area of the single-story ranch home.

"It looked like the fire primarily had started on the outside of the house. I can't confirm that. We have the sheriff's BCI here doing an investigation," Bowers said.

Because of the nature of the fire, the county fire inspector as well as the Rockland County Sheriff's Dept. are both involved in the investigation.

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