Dozens of Peekskill families homeless after fire rips through their building

Flames ripped through a Peekskill apartment complex Tuesday leaving dozens homeless.

Residents were quickly evacuated from 141 Fremont Street as fire destroyed their homes. The building is located near Peekskill High School. Faculty at the school was the first to call 911. Witnesses say the fire was caused by workers welding a fire escape, but Peekskill Fire Department officials have not confirmed whether that is the case.

Residents are trying to help each other cope with the loss of their homes right before the holiday. The fire department has set up a shelter for residents until the Red Cross finds a place for them to live.

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