Nearly 100 firefighters fought the large wind-swept fire that spread through the complex in Melville.
The fire broke out just after 6 p.m. Saturday at the Avalon Court Apartment Complex.
More than 100 firefighters on the scene of a big fire at Avalon court in Melville, Long Island, ladder trucks extended, water being poured, no visible flames, but officials say high winds making it difficult to put out @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/iospxU84DN— Naveen Dhaliwal (@NaveenDhaliwal) March 24, 2019
The wind made it extremely difficult for the flames to be knocked down. Firefighters worked for about three hours to control the blaze.
A total of 17 homes were damaged.
One firefighter and one child were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries,
The Red Cross is on the scene to assist residents.
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