TSM - Flames still visible from attic at 56 Hill St. Monday afternoon

A stubborn, smokey fire Monday afternoon in New Bedford's West End kept firefighters busy for more than five hours.  The blaze at 56 Hill Street broke out around 11am, but wasn't declared "out" till 4:30. 

District Chief Michael Dandurand says the two-family home's "balloon-type" construction enabled flames to travel quickly from the cellar to the attic, and the wind also caused problems. 

Michelle Baptista's parents and her daughter were inside the house at the time of the fire.  All escaped without injury.  Baptista told WBSM News, the house had been in her family for well over 40 years.......

A fire watch crew was at the scene overnight, watching for any flare-ups.   Fire investigators will be on the scene Tuesday morning, trying to determine the cause.