30 Treated for Smoke Inhalation from Long Island Fire

Hundreds of people evacuated the building Sunday night

Monday, Jun 18, 2012  |  Updated 7:36 AM EDT
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About 30 people were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation after a fire erupted at a Long Island apartment building Sunday evening. Dozens evacuated the building on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead. Ida Siegal reports.

About 30 people were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation after a fire erupted at a Long Island apartment building Sunday evening. Dozens evacuated the building on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead. Ida Siegal reports.

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About 30 people were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation after a fire erupted at a Long Island apartment building.

Nearly 70 people evacuated the seven-story Hempstead building at 590 Fulton Ave. on Sunday night.

Newsday says firefighters used high-rise ladder buckets to rescue residents who screamed for help through their open windows.

Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. More than 300 firefighters from 30 volunteer departments were at the scene. Four Nassau County buses shuttled about 100 evacuees to a temporary shelter.

Fire officials say a stove malfunctioned in a second-floor apartment. But the official cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire started around 6:20 p.m. and was contained around 8 p.m.

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