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A Cedarhurst man is accused of setting multiple fires inside his apartment, causing damage to a number of units and displacing residents.
At least six fire departments were on the scene at 97 Cedarhurst Ave. after the fire was reported at around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Emergency crews were able to get the blaze under control by 4 p.m.
First responders say they had to help a man trapped inside the building after all 57 units had been evacuated.
Detectives say that the trapped man has been identified as 53-year-old Douglas Drummond, who was arrested sometime after. They say Drummond lit eight separate fires in his apartment because he was angry about being evicted.
Mike Peppe, who lives on the third floor and is Drummond's roommate, told News 12 that all of his possessions were destroyed.
In addition to Drummond's apartment, several other units sustained water damage and multiple tenants were displaced.
Drummond was taken to Nassau University Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns. Another resident was also taken to the hospital.
Cleanup crews spent Saturday getting rid of charred belongings.
Prosecutors say they expect to arraign Drummond on arson charges sometime this weekend.