A Hempstead apartment building fire reportedly left an 8-year-old boy dead, 10 people injured and 250 people homeless this weekend.

The injured victims were taken to local hospitals, where nine were treated for non-life threatening injuries and one victim was admitted in critical condition. Authorities did not immediately release the identity of the boy.

About 300 firefighters from the Hempstead,  West Hempstead, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Uniondale, Elmont, Roosevelt, Franklin Square, Lawrence/Cedarhurst, South Hempstead, North Merrick, East Meadow, Mineola and North Bellmore fire departments responded to the blaze on St. Paul Road North at 6:22 a.m. Saturday.

Arson/Bomb Squad detectives and the Nassau County Fire Marshall determined that the fire, which started in a 3rd floor apartment, was not  suspicious, although the cause is undetermined. The investigation is continuing.


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