NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk firefighters worked to quickly extinguish a blaze that destroyed a two-family house on Bouton Street and displaced 11 people Wednesday night.
Firefighters responded to the house after receiving numerous 911 calls at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday of a fire burning up the front of the home.
The first fire engine arrived within five minutes, and firefighters found flames coming out the first floor window and extending up the front of the house, fire officials said.
A total of 25 firefighters responded to the blaze with three engines, two ladders and a rescue and command car. Two hose lines were stretched and used to put out the fire.
Norwalk police blocked off the road while crews worked to extinguish the fire. The fire was under control 23 minutes after arrival, Norwalk fire officials said. The crews remained on the scene for over an hour checking for hot spots.
No firefighters or residents were injured during the fire.
The house was declared unfit for occupancy and the American Red Cross was called to assist the nine adults and two children who lived in the house.
Fire inspector Kirk McDonald from the Fire Marshal's office is currently investigating the cause of the fire.
The Red Cross is helping the members of the five families who lived there.
A family of two adults received help with housing, food and clothing needs. A family of three adults and two children received help with food and clothing needs. Six adults and two children in three families received help with food and clothing needs. One adult received help with clothing needs.
Red Cross volunteers Paul Keagan, Angela McCabe and Mike Vincelli responded to assist the families.
The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items.
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