- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (AP) - Investigators say burning mulch ignited by a cigarette likely started a fire that destroyed more than a dozen apartments in suburban New York.

The Journal News reports (https://lohud.us/1JLVmtf ) flames crawled up the vinyl siding and across the roof of the Cortwood Village senior complex in Orangeburg on Saturday night. Orangetown detectives are waiting for a final report on the fire from investigators.

Fire Chief Neil Lynady says quick response by police and firefighters saved lives during the fire. Some residents ignored the alarms at first because there had been so many false alarms at the complex.

Officials say at least 20 of the apartments were uninhabitable.

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Information from: The Journal News, https://www.lohud.com


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