A West Hempstead firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion after responding to a fire in Hempstead Wednesday, Nassau County Police said.
There were a total of five injured persons that were transported to area hospitals, including the firefighter from West Hempstead. The other four victims suffered from smoke inhalation, and all of the injured were treated and released, police said.
The Hempstead Fire Department responded to the apartment fire on Front Street at 8:34 p.m.
With the assistance of several fire departments, including the Baldwin, West Hempstead, South Hempstead, Uniondale and Rockville Centre Fire Departments, the fire was extinguished, police said.
Firefighting operations included eighty firefighters, fifteen trucks and ten ambulances. The entire apartment complex, consisting of 64 apartments, was evacuated, police said.
Police said the fire was deemed non-suspicious and originated from the electrical malfunction of an extension cord.