Jessica VallejoJul 14, 2018, 12:25 pmJul 16, 2018, 7:13 am

House fire in Mount Vernon forces evacuation of family, leaves 3 firefighters hospitalized

Officials: The fire was out within 30 minutes, the cause is under investigation

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MOUNT VERNON – A house fire broke out at a three-store home around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. The family inside got out safely, however, three firefighters have been sent to Jacobi Medical Center with second-degree burns.
Neighbors said the flames were bursting through the windows.

"I smelled the smoke when I was asleep and then when I look out the window the flames were those big orange flames," Patrick Louis said. "It was coming up so much, I thought it was going to blow out to my side. So I came outside as I was getting ready to leave but the policemen told me no I couldn't leave.”

Mount Vernon Fire Department Chief Al Everett said that the second and third floors were engulfed in flames.

"The fire was brought under control in about an hour and a half upon our arrival. At this particular time we have also determined that the fire did start on the first floor and was burning in the walls for quite a while," Everett said. "Two civilians, as well as fire firefighters, had to exit the building through the windows in front of the house as well as fire escapes the back of the house."

The family of the home said five people were inside at the time when the fire started, and they are lucky to be alive.
Red Cross was on scene to assist the family.

According to officials, the cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation.

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