Bronx Fire Displaces 19 Families

Residents said they could smell gas, then heard an explosion

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014  |  Updated 10:49 PM EDT
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Bronx Fire Displaces 19 Families

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A three-alarm fire destroyed several apartments and forced a building-wide evacuation in the Bronx Thursday, displacing 19 families, officials say. 

The fire at 2391 Hoffman St. started at about 3:30 p.m. People living inside the five-story building said they smelled gas, then heard a loud explosion. 

The fire forced out about 40 residents, according to officials. Red Cross was assisting with emergency housing. 

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