Fifteen people were displaced by a fire that destroyed a 3-story home in Worcester this morning, a fire official said.
The 3-alarm fire, at 3 Hitchcock Road, was reported just before 5 a.m., said Geoffery Gardell, deputy fire chief. Firefighers used ladders to rescue five residents from the third floor.
Seven residents were taken to the hospital for observation, Gardell said. The residents were exposed to smoke, but were not seriously injured.
When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, and the roof soon burned through and collapsed.
A preliminary investigation shows that the fire started on the first floor, Gardell said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Red Cross came to the scene to assist residents, four of whom are younger than 14, Gardell said. According to the Worcester Assessors Office, the building is a 3-family home.