Families displaced after New Haven fire

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NEW HAVEN --  Three families have been displaced after a home caught fire in New Haven.

The NH Fire Department and various crews battled the fire on  52 Pierpont Street Wednesday night.

Family members said that it was started by a candle and the home was a complete loss.

New Haven Fire Chief John Alston said around 8:30 p.m. a neighbor reported a heavy fire showing from a house. The home housed three families including a dog. Chief Alston said all victims got out safely with no injuries and Red Cross is assisting the families involved.

"I'm just glad that they still have their family," said neighbor, Alton Ferguson. "I'm just glad that everybody made it out safe. The dog made it out safe, nobody was in there, nobody got hurt that's the best bet right there. I pray that they are able to restore."

Flames burst out of every window on arrival, said Alston. Around 40-45 New Haven firefighters and two stations were called to help, covered by East Haven and Hamden firefighters.

The fire was contained around 11 p.m.

Authorities believe the fire started on the first floor of the home, but the cause is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross is assisting the families.