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Video: Fire blazes through NY building

Firefighters helped to evacuate residents in high-rise ladder buckets

By Paul LaRocco

NEW YORK — Hundreds of frightened residents were evacuated Sunday night — some pulled out of windows when smoke filled their apartments — as flames leaped up three floors of a large Hempstead Village building.

Witnesses recalled seeing residents of Fulton Manor with their heads out their open windows, screaming for help before firefighters came to their aid in high-rise ladder buckets.

“It was getting wild,” said Mark Galeano, 17, who was outside the building on his way to get Chinese food when he saw black smoke billowing above. “It got heavy really quick.”

Full story: Hundreds evacuated in Hempstead fire

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