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Officials: Coram fire damages multiple condo units

Firefighters from at least nine Suffolk County fire

Firefighters from at least nine Suffolk County fire departments battle a blaze early Friday morning at a condominium complex on Brettonwoods Drive in Coram, according to Suffolk fire officials. (Nov. 22, 2013) Credit: Christopher Sabella

The American Red Cross is assisting families displaced Friday after an early morning fire ripped through units at a condominium complex in Coram, officials said.

Twelve families had to leave their homes, and four apartments were burned in the Brettonwoods Drive complex, Suffolk police said. One person was taken to the hospital as a precaution, police said.

Red Cross spokesman Craig Cooper said nine families were staying with relatives and three were placed in hotels. Cooper said the Red Cross helped 22 residents, two of whom were young children, and gave debit cards for emergency items to six people.

Six other units at the complex suffered water and other fire-related damage, a county fire communications official said.

Fire officials said the 911 call reporting the fire was received at 7:18 a.m. Led by the Coram Fire Department, trucks and engines from at least nine fire departments helped extinguish the blaze, authorities said.

The cause of the fire was not deemed suspicious but details were not immediately available, police said.

Volunteers from Middle Island, Gordon Heights, Farmingville, Terryville, Mount Sinai, Medford, Selden and Centereach also responded.

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