East Tremont residents retrieve belongings that survived building fire

Tenants of the apartment building at 653 Crotona Park North in East Tremont spent part of Wednesday retrieving any personal belongings that may have survived Monday evening's fire.



The four-alarm fire was deemed electrical in nature and left a giant hole that goes through several floors.



News 12 is told that since a vacate order is still in effect for the building, residents were escorted into their apartments for 10 to 15 minutes at a time to gather their belongings.



"It's like somebody snatched everything at once," said Joeliza Estremera, who used to live in the building. "It's hard - I've seen it happen, and I never thought it was going to happen to us."



All affected families have been offered assistance and relocation through the American Red Cross.



Sources have also confirmed that the 37 marijuana plants found in Apartment 4C during the investigation are not connected to the cause of the fire. News 12 is told there have been no arrests in connection to this finding and the investigation into this issue is ongoing.


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