Second person dies in Hempstead fire that killed boy

Four alarm fire in Hempstead, Long Island

February 11, 2013 7:34:28 AM PST
A second person has died in an apartment complex fire in Hempstead that also claimed the life of an 8-year-old boy.

Police say Guadalupe Ramirez, who lived in the same apartment as the boy, died at the hospital Sunday.

Investigators say snow drifts happening at the time of the fire helped them extinguish the flames.

The fire spread to several buildings and forced 250 people from their homes. Eleven people were sent to hospitals..

Detectives are trying to determine what caused the fire. They don't believe it was set deliberately. It started in a third-floor apartment on Paul Road North around 6:20 a.m.

Some 300 firefighters were called in from 13 departments. It took several hours to extinguish the fire.

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