Two families were displaced after a house fire in the Rockville section of Vernon on Thursday morning.
The fire was reported at a two-family apartment house at 95 High St. around 11 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters said the fire was “fully involved.”
"I was outside. And saw the flames shooting out around the front porch," eyewitness Mark Lambert said. "I went and called 911. I came back out and saw the whole building on fire."
Lambert said he told first responders he believed there were people living in the back part of the house
However, police said four residents including an infant inside the building were able to escape the house fire. There were no reported injuries to them or firefighters.
The fire spread quickly through this older model home. That made it difficult for firefighters inside.
"We fought it as long as we could," Richard Bowman with Vernon Fire Department said. "The fire spread and we had to pull them out for safety reasons. And it became en external attack."
In total, eight residents including four children were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting them with "immediate needs." The neighbors are also taking up a collection.
High Street was closed between McClean and Hammond Streets. The road is expected to be closed "several hours," police said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The state fire marshal was called to the scene.
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