East Northport fire leaves dozens homeless

Long Island news from Eyewitness News

January 4, 2014 8:13:00 AM PST
Police on Long Island say 50 people are now homeless after a fire broke out in a vacuum cleaner store in a building with residential apartments above it.

Suffolk County Police say Friday the 3 p.m. blaze forced the evacuation of the building. The Red Cross has relocated eight of them to a nearby hotel and 42 others have found shelter in a Salvation Army building.

Police say arson squad detectives are investigating what caused the afternoon blaze but don't suspect criminality. There were no injuries reported.

The fire came on one of the coldest nights in years, with temperatures dropping to single digits Friday night.