Families Escape from Burning House in Hartford

Five adults and nine children from three families were able to escape from a fire at a home in Hartford early Thursday morning and fire officials said the fire was intentionally set.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. at 67-69 Martin St. and appears to have started on the second floor, in the bedroom of one of the adults and spread to the third floor, officials said. 

Crews attacked the fire from the outside before entering through the back of the house and it took them around 20 minutes to knock down the flames. 

Officials believe the house had working smoke detectors. 

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