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Blaze in Larchmont Tears Through Car Dealership

Building 'destroyed,' but no injuries reported.

Update 5:30 p.m.: Firefighters from New Rochelle Ladders 21 and 12 as well as Mamaroneck and Larchmont firefighters responded to this morning's inferno.

“In this situation, firefighters encountered vehicles on the dealership lot, all of which contained highly flammable materials including motor oil, fuel, plastics, rubber, cloth and various petroleum based synthetics, which can all make vehicle fires extremely hot, toxic and difficult to extinguish,"said Byron Gray, president of the New Rochelle Uniformed Fire Fighters Association in a press release.

A powerful, early-morning blaze in Larchmont Wednesday tore through a car dealership and closed a main thoroughfare in the village.

Dozens of firefighters from Larchmont, New Rochelle and Mamaroneck fought flames at Alfredo's Foreign Car Dealership at 2050 W. Boston Post Road at about 4:30 a.m. A portion of Boston Post Road was closed during the fire.

There were no injuries, according to Larchmont Fire Lieutenant Brian Doherty.

"It was a pretty intense fire, but it's out now," Doherty told Patch at about 8:15 a.m. "The building is pretty well destroyed."

It took about three hours to get the flames under control, authorities said.

Authorities are unsure of what caused the blaze; the Westchester County Cause and Origin Team is currently investigating the catalyst.

Fire officials said the blaze started in a supply area of the building and tore through several layers of concrete.

Check back with Patch for updates.

Eleanor Sherman October 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
A special "shout out" to the wonderful volunteer fire fighters who selflessly give us their time and efforts to help others.
Stefani Kim October 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I second that!
Larchmont resident October 10, 2012 at 07:26 PM
This brings up the danger of having a Mallory Kotzen tire warehouse directly across the street. I hope that place has a sprinkler system. I think I will contact the Mayor about that.
mike mint October 10, 2012 at 07:45 PM
FYI Mallory Kotzen tire warehouse has been closed for over a year. Just another business in Larchmont that has closed because of such a high cost of doing business there.
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