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.

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“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.

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“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.

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