Dozens forced to flee Haverstraw fire

More than three dozen people were forced out into the cold when a fast-moving fire damaged their Haverstraw apartment building overnight.

Fire officials say flames broke out in the back of the Broad Street building just after midnight.

Fire officials say flames broke out in the back of the Broad Street building just after midnight. (12/19/16)

HAVERSTRAW - More than three dozen people were forced out into the cold when a fast-moving fire damaged their Haverstraw apartment building overnight.

Fire officials say flames broke out in the back of the two-story Broad Street building just after midnight.

There were about 25-30 people living in the building, and all were able to safely get out of their homes. 

Haverstraw police say three residents were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. 

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the flames under control, but the biggest problem for firefighters was the frigid temperatures. 

The building was saved, but the second-floor apartments were heavily damaged. The Red Cross is now helping the residents who are displaced.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

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