- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (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.

Fourth-floor resident Denira Ford tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1z5ic9B ) that she stood crying Thursday night in the ruins. Her kitchen was gone, her clothes were destroyed and her bedroom was waterlogged. She couldn’t find her cat.

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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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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