A two-alarm fire that tore through a residential building in Hyannis Saturday evening forced a family of four to escape through a second-story window, according to the Hyannis Fire Department.
Authorities received a call for the fire at 174 Main St. around 5 p.m., said the Hyannis Fire Department. The family of four stuck on the second floor of the four-apartment building attempted to flee on a fire escape, but heavy smoke in the hallway and fire in the back of the building prevented the man, woman, and two children from taking the emergency route, said Hyannis Fire Captain Eric Kristofferson.
Instead, the man lowered the woman and two children from the second-story window to a neighbor on the ground, then jumped from the building, said Kristofferson. The family was treated on scene and no injuries were reported, the fire department said.
A spokeswoman for the American Red Cross said the agency was working to help nine people displaced from the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation and is not believed to be of suspicious origin, Kristofferson said Saturday night.
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