HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Several people were rescued from a burning home in Hartford overnight.

Fire crews were called to a multi-family home on Garden Street just after 3 a.m. Saturday for the report of a fire.

As firefighters battled the blaze, six people had to be rescued from the home and transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

A firefighter was also taken to the hospital for evaluation after slipping and falling on ice.

Several people were rescued from a burning home in Hartford overnight.

Officials said 11 people lived in the three-story home.

"We had a marginal operation to make rescues. Basically a quick operation to get people out of the building," said Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Adam Guertin.

The frigid temperatures made it difficult for crews to battle the blaze, creating icy conditions.

"The weather’s always challenging whether it’s the heat of the summer or the dead of the winter. Obviously, the ice is the main challenge for us right now," Guertin said.

The frigid temperatures also mean that ladders and hose lines can freeze easily.

Glorivee Velazquez lives next to the home that went up in flames.

It was also damaged by the fire.

Her youngest daughter woke her up after hearing a noise and smelling smoke.

"The police came and told us to head out now because the fire is growing, so I couldn’t grab much before I left," explained Velaszquez.

She then called 911.

"I feel uncomfortable, because I have seven kids and I don’t have a place to go now. That is my only home," added Velazquez.

Buses were used as warming areas for families displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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