Families rescued from house fire in Fall River

A fire rips through a multifamily home on Robeson Street in Fall River.

A dozen people needed to be rescued following a fire at a multifamily home in Fall River early Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the house at 222 Robeson St. at about 2:30 a.m.

Flames could be seen coming through the roof, and firefighters were ordered out of the building at one point.

Capt. Neil Furtado of the Fall River Fire Department told NBC 10 that residents were alerted by smoke detectors, but could not exit the front door because of the fire.

"I woke up around 2 a.m. and I heard a smoke alarm. I opened the door and I saw fire," said resident Sarin Phin. "I woke up my sister, my mom and we tried to get out of the building."

Phin said the door was blocked so she and her family had to climb out their first-floor window.

Furtado said another five people went down the fire escape from the second floor. A bystander who was walking in the area also helped rescue two children.

Neighbors told NBC 10 the fire was intense.

"It was blazing. It was going. They had a hard time putting it out," one neighbor said.

Crews from Somerset, Swansea and Westport assisted with the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Demolition crews tore down the house on Friday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents.

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