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ORANGEBURG, N.Y. -- At least 25 people were displaced after a fire destroyed part of their apartment complex in Orangeburg Saturday night.

Orangeburg fire and police departments responded to the fire around 11 p.m. Saturday and placed the residents in the Cortwood Village Senior Complex's common room, where they were evaluated by EMS, Orangeburg Fire Department Chief  Cornelius Lynady said. It took more than 60 firefighters, from area fire departments, about one hour to place the fire under control.

The fire started in an attic area and spread, Lynady said.

There were no reported injuries to civilians. One firefighter, who suffered a shoulder injury, was transported to Nyack Hospital.

Red Cross placed six adults in emergency housing at a local Holiday Inn. Others are staying with relatives and friends.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Rockland County BCI and Orangetown Fire Inspectors.

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