Crews battle house fire in Manchester - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fire in Manchester displaces nine residents

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The Manchester Fire Department worked to put out a fire that displaced nine people at an Orchard St. home Saturday afternoon. 

Orchard St. at Center St. is shut down while crews work to investigate what started the fire.

According to the fire chief, the fire started at a duplex residence at 24-26 Orchard Street at about 1:30 p.m. 

Two women, one from each unit, were home at the time of the fire. There were also children playing outside. 

According to police, a tenant from No. 26 smelled smoke and discovered heavy smoke in the stairway to the attic. She called 911 and told neighbors to leave the house. 

There are nine people in total who live at the house and all occupants were able to evacuate with their pets.

According to police, a 36-year-old woman lived in the home in which the fire started with three other females ages 16, 14 and 10 years old.

The other unit housed a 35-year-old female, a 15-year-old male and three other females ages 10, 6 and 5 years old.

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival, according to crews. 

According to the fire chief, most of the damage is in the attic and there is extensive water and smoke damage to the first and second floors. 

According to the fire department, there were no working smoke detectors in the home. The entire structure was deemed uninhabitable by the local building department. 

The American Red Cross is assisting with temporary shelter of the nine occupants. 

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