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8 residents displaced after early morning fire and building collapse in Hartford

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What's left of a vacant structure after a fire on Magnolia Street in Hartford. (WFSB photo) What's left of a vacant structure after a fire on Magnolia Street in Hartford. (WFSB photo)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Eight people were displaced after an early Monday morning fire and building collapse in Hartford.

The call came in just before 2 a.m. from 90 Magnolia St. Flames could be seen from the surrounding area as crews worked to knock down the fire. 

When firefighters arrived, they said the back of the building collapsed. Minutes later, the entire structure fell.

A neighbor told Eyewitness News that she was shaken up by how intense and large the fire was.

"We got up, [we] panicked, [we were] hysterical. [We] looked over at the kitchen window," said Josephine Batchelor of Hartford. "We could see all the flames, the fire from the top to the second floor. You could see the fire."

Batchelor said her apartment is a complete loss due to water damage.

"They let us go in so we can get some belongings and the whole house is destroyed," Batchelor said. "There's water damage everywhere."

Seven adults and one child were displaced by the fire, according to officials. 

According to fire officials, the building was vacant at the time of the fire and that no power was going to the home.They said the home was under renovation and had the proper permits.

Eversource confirmed power to the home had been cut off. 

No one was hurt.

Albany Avenue was closed between Vine and Irving Streets until around 6 a.m.

The fire marshal is on the scene investigating the cause. It's too soon to determine if the fire was accidental or intentional.

Investigators said it will take time because some site cleanup has to be done.

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