Fire Destroys New Haven Home

Five families are without a home after a fire destroyed their house in New Haven.

The fire department was called to 55 Redfield St. around 8 a.m.. When they arrived, flames were shooting out of the back and roof of the home.

After getting the fire under control, the front porch of the home collapsed.

Fire officials say that neighbors helped to get the residents out of the home. One neighbor saw the smoke and grabbed a ladder to help residents out of the home.

Pedro’s Torres’ stepfather Hector Moya saw the flames from his backyard and sprang into action before firefighters arrived.

“He got the ladder and then he jumped over the fence," Torres said about his stepfather. "He threw the ladder and then he saved her.”

A resident who escaped from the basement said that other neighbors brought their ladders as well, helping to rescue several people trapped on the second floor.

The American Red Cross says they are assisting five families – 13 adults and two children – who were displaced by this fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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