MOUNT VERNON (PIX11) – Mt. Vernon Fire Chef Edward Stevenson said, “They had no way out.”
Four members of the same family died in an early-morning fire on South Bond Street in Mt. Vernon.
Alcedo Urera, 60, was killed along with his wife Nancy, 19-year old son Jesus and 17-year-old daughter Mariseles. A third son, Raymond, was able to get out.
The fire stared in a car parked directly outside of the only entrance to the basement apartment where the family lived.
Raymond heard an explosion — it’s still unclear how the fire started in the car, but Chef Stevenson said Tuesday, “It was a fatal mistake to park a car just four feet from the entrance to the basement.”
Eight other people and a baby were upstairs and made it out. Jose Brito, a cousin tells us the family is from the Dominican Republic and lived in the house for two years.
Brito said, “they were good people, welcoming in this neighbor this was the house everyone came to.”
Twenty-four firefighters responded, three were injured. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Raymond is recovering at Jacobi Hospital, it isn’t clear if he knows yet what happened to the rest of his family.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire officials say it appears to be an accident.