At least 4 people were arrested today in connection with that deadly March fire at a Rockland County adult home, among those locked up are reported to be municipal employees. Further details are expected later today.
As you’ll remember, county, state and federal investigators conducted a raid on the Spring Valley Village Hall just last week in connection with the probe that killed a resident and also killed Spring Valley Firefighter Jared Lloyd in the Line of Duty.
Reports are 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 government. 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.
Spring Valley Mayor Alan Simon – a disbarred former judge who was removed from the bench for misconduct – declined to answer questions about the raid last week.
Investigators had said two days after the fire destroyed the facility that its automated alarm system was offline at the time of the fire.
Multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of the investigation claim 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.
Lloyd was one of the first Firefighters to arrive at the scene. He was on the third floor 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.
Much more to follow.