Five people are displaced after fire rips through New Haven home

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NEW HAVEN — Firefighters responded to an early morning fire at 922 Winchester Avenue that displaced six people.

The fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m on the third floor of the single family home.

Residents tell Fox CT a cigarette on a mattress started the fire but firefighters have not confirmed that.

The Red Cross said that they were assisting five people, four adults and one child, who were displaced.

Firefighters said  everyone made it out safely and that the family is being helped by the Red Cross.

Crews battled the fire for several hours and finally cleared the scene around 7:30 a.m.

Charles Mitchner lived inside the home with his family. He said they didn’t have enough time to grab any belongings but he is thankful they all made it out safely, “As long as everybody got out alive that is the main thing. You can always get another house, you can’t get another human being.”

The home received extensive damage, the entire roof collapsed.

Firefighters said the weather made it difficult for them to battle the blaze. Firefighters were able to rescue a cat.

The Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.