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One firefighter missing and one resident dead after New York nursing home fire

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A New York assisted-living facility caught fire and partially collapsed early Tuesday, leaving at least one person dead and others injured, according to officials. One firefighter is also missing as of Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 1 a.m. at Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley, about 30 miles north of New York City. Firefighters arrived at the scene and began to evacuate residents.

20 to 25 residents were rescued and about 20 were taken to local hospitals, Rockland County Fire Coordinator Chris Kear said. Two firefighters were also taken to area hospitals.

One resident was pronounced dead at the hospital and several others had injuries described as serious, Kear said. One of the firefighters has been released.

The missing firefighter was attempting to rescue a resident form the third floor but “got lost in the conditions” and issued a mayday call, Kear said. The firefighter remains unaccounted for as of Tuesday morning.

“The mayday was answered. However, with the extent of the fire, the volume of fire, the conditions were just too unbearable where firefighters went in, they just could not locate the firefighter and they headed back out,” Kear told reporters on Tuesday.

The fire continued to burn at Evergreen Court more than eight hours later. Witnesses said the fire could be seen for miles.

Kear said the building was a “total loss” and did not release details on the cause of the fire.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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