The homes were situated in Zone A, the area that Mayor Bloomberg ordered to evacuate on Sunday. Over 200 firefighters were at the scene. WABC 7 reports, "Firefighters said the water was chest high on the street, and they had to use a boat to make rescues. They said in one apartment home, about 25 people were trapped in an upstairs unit, and the 2-story home next door was ablaze and setting fire to the apartment's roof. Firefighters climbed an awning to access the trapped people, and took them downstairs to the boat in the street."