“A Sunday-morning fire in trailers that raised questions among fire officials occurred on the same property as a yeshiva and Kaser Village Hall.
The property belongs to congregation Khal Torath Chaim, according to Ramapo town property records. The Village Hall rents an office from the yeshiva, Kaser Deputy Village Clerk Binyomin Mermelstein said.
No one was injured in the fire, and a classroom, bathroom and hallway were salvaged from the blaze, according to fire officials.
FIRE: Kaser schoolhouse trailer fire under investigation
From outside the front of the trailers, the only visible evidence of the fire Monday was some damage to the siding where it meets the roof, some debris on the ground underneath that, two boarded-up doors and a small broken window.
Spring Valley Deputy Fire Chief Ken Conjura said Sunday there was no working fire-alarm system in the trailers. Under state law, classrooms require an active fire-alarm system.
Mermelstein said the village was notified of the lack of a fire-alarm system. He said the yeshiva had planned to install the fire alarms within the next few weeks.
Firefighters also had additional challenges, including blocked entrances and unsafe exits, Conjura said.
Gordon Wren, the Rockland County fire coordinator, said an investigation was continuing and more information would be available by Wednesday or Thursday.
He said Sunday that officials were working on questions such as whether there were building permits at 15 Elyon Road and who did work there.”
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