Fire officials say Mt. Kisco Yeshiva is completely destroyed. Roof collapsed, now spraying foam. Located on remote hill, created challenges. pic.twitter.com/69PiNOhTa0— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) February 18, 2017
The building, located on top of a remote hilltop, is accessible only by a narrow, windy road. Flames first broke out around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
It took more than 100 firefighters over six hours to get the three-alarm fire under control. They were fighting flames well past midnight. Now, firefighters are still spraying foam, because water was not doing the job.
"The building is completely destroyed...the roof has collapsed. That's one of the reasons we're here so long. With the building having collapsed the way it did, we have a lot of hidden pockets of fire. We can't enter the building at all, so it's very difficult to get all that fire," says Mt. Kisco Fire Chief Al Bueti.
The fire broke out during the Sabbath, so no one was in the building, so the good news is that no one was injured.
Officials say water was an issue in fighting the fire, because the nearest water source is about a half mile away.