MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — A fire ripping through a strip mall in Mount Vernon has produced so much smoke, a nearby school has been closed for the day while firefighters continue to battle the blaze.
The fire started about 1 a.m. Monday at 226 Gramatan Ave., according to the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
Residents living above the businesses evacuated themselves before the structure collapsed, officials said.
Nelson Mandela High School has been closed for the day due to smoke from the fire nearby.
A cause of the blaze is under investigation. There have been no reported injuries, officials said.