Child dead, 16 hurt in Hempstead apartment building fire

Firefighters fight the blaze which started at 6:20

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Firefighters fight the blaze which started at 6:20 a.m. on the third floor of 9-17 St. Pauls Road North in Hempstead. (Feb. 9, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

Fire tore through a row of apartment buildings in Hempstead Saturday morning, killing an 8-year-old boy and injuring 16 people, fire officials said.

The fire forced more than 250 residents from five adjoining apartment buildings, many still in their pajamas, out of their homes and into the icy, snow-covered streets before sunrise.

The boy was found inside a one-bedroom, third-floor...

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