HEMPSTEAD - At least 70 people are homeless and more than two dozen were hurt after a fire broke out at a Hempstead apartment building last night.
The five-alarm fire broke out on Fulton Avenue at around 6:45 p.m.
Officials say the fire started inside apartment 7B on the second floor after an oven caught fire. From there, the fire spread quickly.
The woman who lives in the apartment spoke to News 12 and says her new stove exploded when she turned it on to make dinner for her four children.
Around 300 firefighters were called in to fight the flames. Former Hempstead Fire Chief George Sandas says the fire stretched as high as the fifth floor at one point, with people trapped inside their apartments. Firefighters got residents out through their windows by using large fire buckets. In all, 29 residents, a Hempstead police officer and a Baldwin firefighter were rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation. No one was seriously injured.
A shelter has been set up at Hempstead High School by the American Red Cross for everyone who has been displaced by the fire.
To watch Chopper 12 footage of the 5-alarm Hempstead apartment complex fire tune to iO Channel 612 on your cable box.
Dozens evacuated after 5-alarm Hempstead apartment complex fire