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Sleepy Hollow blaze leaves 4 families homeless

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: A fire at a multi-family home in Sleepy Hollow may have started in a car in the building's backyard. (Feb. 7, 2013)

A blaze erupted at a multifamily house in Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday night, damaging all four apartments of the three-story structure and leaving four families homeless, officials said Thursday.

Firefighters from Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown and Briarcliff battled the blaze at 47 Clinton St., which started about 11 p.m. and spread quickly, residents said.

One resident, Minerva Martinez, was taken to Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow after her blood pressure climbed.

"I saw the fire. I got nervous," she said. "My blood pressure went high, and they had to take me to the hospital. But I'm fine. I'm perfectly fine."

Metro-North tracks run behind the property, and service was temporarily disrupted on the Hudson line.

Authorities suspect the fire may have spread from a car parked in the backyard.

At least one family is staying with relatives; it was unknown where the others were staying.

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