3 families displaced after fire in New Haven

A second-alarm fire reported in New Haven on Saturday. (WFSB)

The American Red Cross is helping more than a dozen people after a fire in New Haven on Saturday night.

The second alarm fire was reported at the corner of Ferry and Chapel streets around 8 p.m.

Two people, a Good Samaritan and a police officer, ran inside the burning building and the neighboring property to help get people out.

"I was just trying to help,” Hediberito Rodriguez, of New Haven, said. “I didn't want nobody to get hurt."

"You just want to get everyone out," New Haven Police Officer Jocelyn Lavandier said.

One firefighter suffered a shoulder injury, but authorities said the firefighter is expected to be OK.

Everyone made it out safely and was accounted for, authorities said. But, 17 people including nine children were displaced by the fire. The families were provided with comfort kits and "will meet with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan."

Fire officials believe fire started on the second floor, but they couldn't say where specifically or how. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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