HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -- Eight people are safe after a fire damaged a basement and garage at a home in Hamden.

Firefighters responded to Stanley Road around 2:45 a.m. on Friday morning. 

When they arrived, they said they found heavy fire from the garage of the ranch-style home.

The fire started in the garage and spread to the basement, according to Fire Chief Gary Merwede.

One of the people in the home woke up to see hazy conditions inside a bedroom. He opened a door to the garage and saw a fire near the vehicle's engine.

He was able to safely get everyone out of the home.

Merwede said the vehicle inside of the garage was destroyed.

Crews checked for fire extension in the bedrooms directly above the fire.

They said they had to use fans to remove smoke and carbon monoxide

The fire was deemed "under control" just after 3:30 a.m.

Those forced out by the flames are staying with family until they can get back into the house, firefighters said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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