2 Charged With Manslaughter in Deadly Rockland Adult Home Fire – NBC New York


What to Know

  • A raging blaze destroyed a Rockland County adult home in March, killing one resident and one firefighter
  • The fire was intense enough to cause parts of the Evergreen Court building to collapse
  • Investigators said in the days afterwards that it appeared the automated alarm system was offline at the time of the fire

Six people have been arrested in connection with the deadly March fire at a Rockland County adult home, including two facing manslaughter and arson charges.

Besides the father-and-son duo facing those charges, two Spring Valley employees were charged with presenting false instruments for filing and falsifying records. In addition, two others face charges as well, including a reckless endangerment charge for the home’s director.

County, state and federal investigators conducted a raid on the Spring Valley Village Hall just last week in connection with the probe.

A source familiar with the investigation told News 4 at the time that village documents connected to the fatal Evergreen Court fire in March were suspected to be potentially fraudulent. The scope of the investigation has now expanded to include the entire village, the source added.

The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office led the raid along with New York state fire inspectors and agents from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The automated alarm system at the facility in Spring Valley, which is supposed to connect directly to county dispatch, was offline at the time of the fire, multiple sources said. NBC New York’s Sarah Wallace reports.

Spring Valley Mayor Alan Simon – a disbarred former judge who was removed from the bench for misconduct – declined to answer News 4’s questions about the raid last week.

Investigators had said two days after the blaze destroyed the facility that its automated alarm system was offline at the time of the fire.

Multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of the investigation tell News 4 that the automated alarm system was not connected to the county’s central dispatch when the fire broke out, meaning someone in the facility had to call 911 and report the fire manually. In fact, the system had been taken offline the evening before the deadly blaze, sources told NBC New York.

It is not clear, however, if that caused any delay in the response to the deadly blaze.

Officials would not confirm that the automated system at the Spring Valley center had been disconnected.

Nearly 24 hours after a firefighter went missing in a suburban New York assisted living home fire, his body has been found. Rockland County volunteer firefighter Jared Lloyd was the second casualty in the blaze that gutted the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley early Tuesday, according to Rabbi Yisroel Kahan of the county’s Human Rights Commission. Lloyd was escorted to the Medical Examiner early Wednesday morning, Kahan said. Officials say Lloyd was one of the first firefighters to arrive at the scene. He was on the third floor trying to put out the flames when he became disoriented and eventually trapped there. His body was found just before midnight Wednesday after a search crew with a rescue dog were unable to locate him Tuesday afternoon. Marc Santia reports.

Rockland County volunteer firefighter Jared Lloyd was one of two casualties in the blaze that gutted the Spring Valley nursing home. A resident, whose identity has not been released, died as well.

Officials say Lloyd was one of the first firefighters to arrive at the scene. He was on the third floor trying to put out the flames when he became disoriented and eventually trapped there. Lloyd was last heard from when he issued a mayday call, and did not make it out of the building as it collapsed.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Lloyd’s children, which raised more than $644,000.

Nearly 24 hours after a firefighter went missing in a suburban New York assisted living home fire, his body has been found. Rockland County volunteer firefighter Jared Lloyd was the second casualty in the blaze that gutted the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley early Tuesday, according to Rabbi Yisroel Kahan of the county’s Human Rights Commission. Lloyd was escorted to the Medical Examiner early Wednesday morning. Tracie Strahan has the latest.

According to Rockland County officials, smoke detector and sprinkler reports, which are not directly overseen by the Health Department but which were reviewed, were found in compliance by RCDOH when checked last in December 2019.

Nearly 24 hours after a firefighter went missing in a suburban New York assisted living home fire, his body has been found. NBC New York’s Tracie Strahan reports.

Denise Kerr, director of the Evergreen Court Home for Adults, called the fire “an unspeakable tragedy,” adding that home officials are cooperating with all state and local authorities as the investigation into the blaze continues, and they have launched their own internal investigation as well.

Kerr said in a later statement the center was inspected multiple times by the Department of Health and local authorities in 2020, and no citations or violations related to fire safety were found.



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