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71 people displaced from homes after fire in Hartford

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Fire investigation unit at Ward Place fire in Hartford on Monday morning. (WFSB) Fire investigation unit at Ward Place fire in Hartford on Monday morning. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

One person was taken to the hospital overnight after a fire broke out at an apartment building in Hartford.

A two-alarm fire was reported at 69 Ward Place around 12:30 a.m. There were reports of people trapped on the third floor of the Avalon Village Apartments, according to Lt. Raul Ortiz. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke in all three floors. Authorities said people were hanging out windows looking to jump or escape. Firefighters rescued 12 people from windows and numerous people escorted out by firefighters. 

"It’s the holidays you know," Migdalia Escudero, who's aunt and uncle live at the apartment building, said. "It's like a disaster it is a disaster." 

Ortiz tweeted that one person was taken to the hospital, but the individual's condition was not released by authorities. 

The fire was under control around 2 a.m. 

No injuries were reported and 71 were displaced from their homes, including 17 children.

Utilities such as water electric and gas were turned off to the 30 units at Avalon Village Apartments.

The American Red Cross is helping dozens of tenants who have been brought to a shelter.

The building inspector will decide when people can reoccupy the apartments. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it doesn't appear to be suspicious. 

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