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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."

The Red Cross is providing residents with emergency assistance and housing.

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