Rockland Sheriff’s Department and Ramapo detectives still are trying to figure out what caused last week’s fire that destroyed the second-floor of a Decatur AvenueÂ house in Ramapo, a block outside Spring Valley off Maple Avenue.
Investigators know where the fire started on the second floor – where a family grandmother lived – but not exactly what set off the flames, Sheriff’s Detective Douglas Lerner says. Two air-conditioners wereÂ scorched during the blaze and were considered a possible source for the flames.
“We know where the fire started but we don’t know how,” Lerner said.Â “We’re exploring a couple of different possibilities.”
The flames reported at 2:30 p.m.Â Aug. 20 drew about 50 Spring Valley and Hillcrest volunteer firefighters to the house, an older cape-styled house with weather-worn siding on a block with new construction, including large three-family houses. The block and neighborhood – between Spring Valley proper and Monsey -Â has become predominately Orthodox Jewish. Close to a 100 people – adults and students – watched the volunteers douse the blaze.
Lerner said the fire has not been classified as either accidental or suspicious. Investigators don’t always discover the cause.
TimeÂ will tell.
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