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Fire in Bronx Apartment Building Displaces 19 Families

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Nineteen families have been displaced after a fire swept through their Bronx apartment building.

The fire happened on Hoffman Street at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters say it began on the first floor and spread to the second and third floors.

Several apartments in the five-story building were destroyed before the New York City Fire Department got it under control.

No injuries were reported.

Residents said that they heard a loud noise before the fire.

"I was smelling gas in the building, and I'm trying to see what apartment it's coming from, and about an hour ago, all I hear is a big explosion and the smoke," said Miguel Pagan, the building's superintendent.

"I picked up my kids from school. When I came in, I heard a loud 'boom,' so I thought one of the kids must've dropped something, and then, I start hearing everybody saying, 'It's a fire, fire.' So I ran out, took my kids across," said Tasha Lane, a resident of the building. "I feel really sad, like I'm losing my apartment. Me and my kids have nowhere to go tonight."

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