HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Red Cross says about 40 people stayed overnight in a shelter, and more went to friends’ and families’ homes, after a fire raged through a Long Island apartment complex.
Nobody was seriously hurt, but officials say more than 50 apartments were destroyed and about 300 residents were displaced Thursday afternoon in Hempstead Village.READ MORE: 10-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Harlem, Police Investigating
“Fire alarm didn’t even go off at all,” one resident said. “Then when I stepped in the hall, all I see is the little blinker keep going off. I was wondering, ‘Why was not the alarm going off?'”
It took firefighters from 15 different department two hours to get the blaze under control.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Javits Center Vaccination Site Now Open 24 Hours
“The wind also played a contributing factor to the fire spreading,” Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs said. “That’s what made this fire so difficult is that it was wind-driven.”
The assistant chief fire marshal for Nassau County, Michael Uttaro, says the fire may have started as workers welded pipes in a vacant apartment.MORE NEWS: Paramedic Speaks Out About Being Bitten On Face During Routine Call In Brooklyn: 'We Need Better Protection'
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