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1 Dead, Up to 20 Hurt in Wild Westchester County Apartment Building Blaze

One person was killed and more than a dozen firefighters were injured after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Yonkers, officials said

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One person was killed, four civilians were hurt and as many as 16 firefighters suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out in a Yonkers apartment building Sunday night.

Three of the four civilians injured suffered minor smoke inhalation and the fourth jumped out of a window and broke their legs, fire officials said. The fire started just after 7:30 p.m. in the 120 block of Saratoga Avenue Sunday evening.

Out of more than 100 firefighters who were on scene, 16 sustained minor injuries, officials said.

A young girl's 12th birthday was interrupted by the blaze, her grandfather told NBC New York. Timothy Bertrand said he was in the kitchen, preparing food for his granddaughter when the dogs started barking.

"The fire seemed to have come up the back wall of my granddaughter's room," Bertrand said.

The blaze and resulting damage displaced eight families from the four-story building, according to officials.

Firefighters spent over 3 hours working on the flames and remained on the scene Monday morning to check for hot spots.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the person who died in the fire has not been identified.

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