By KATHLEEN MCWILLIAMS
Two families were displaced in a fire that broke out early Sunday morning in Manchester.
Fire officials said a 42-year-old mother and her three children, as well as a 35-year-old mother and her son are being helped by the Red Cross after a fire ripped through their two-family home.
Officials said all occupants were home at the time of the fire and were awakened by smoke detectors going off.
The 35-year-old woman discovered smoke and a fire in the second floor bedroom of her home and called 911.
Fire crews arrived on scene at 2:36 a.m. with 25 personnel to fight the blaze in the frigid Sunday morning temperatures.
Officials said heavy smoke was rising from the second floor and attic windows when crews arrived on scene. The fire appeared to have started in the second floor bedroom and had traveled up to the attic.
Crews has controlled the blaze within an hour of arriving and the area was cleared by 6:30 a.m. Officials said there is moderate fire damage to a second floor bedroom and the attic, as well as water and smoke damage to the rest of the home.
Officials said all of the houseâ€™s occupants, as well as a cat, were evacuated without injuries. No firefighters sustained injuries.
The house is uninhabitable until repairs can be made, but the American Red Cross and the Manchester Human Services Department are providing assistance to the families.
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