MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)– Firefighters responded to a two alarm fire that broke out in a multi-family Manchester home, Wednesday.
Police say six people, including three children, were asleep when the fire broke out. One occupant woke up to a crashing noise on the front porch. A neighbor across the street also heard the same noise and called 911 when they saw fire on the front porch of one of the units.
Neighbors notified the occupants and everyone escaped without injury.
When firefighters arrived, they observed heavy smoke from the roof and heavy fire on the porch. Hose teams attacked the fire and firefighters searched the home for remaining occupants.
The roof of the home had to be cut to permit smoke and hot gases to escape the building. It is believed the fire started on the front port of one of the units and traveled vertically into the wall and entered the atticv spaces, before traveling horizontally.
There is extensive fire damage to the porch and attic areas. There is also moderate smoke and water damage to the floors of two units and minor water damage to the two other units.
All units of the home are inhabitable at this time and occupants have been assisted by Manchester Emergency Management and the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.