A fire causes extensive damage to a tenament building early Saturday in New Bedford's South End.

The fire was reported around 12:45am at 29 Salisbury Street.

District Chief Michael Dandurand tells WBSM News, when firefighters arrived, they found flames and smoke throughout the building. "They were able to knock down the fire on the first floor, and advanced to the second. We had to put in additional hose lines to knock down the fire in the second and third floors."

Dandurand says putting out the fire was not an easy task. He says the fire "got into the walls of the building, and that's always a challenge." Firefighters were on the scene till after 4am.

Fourteen people were displaced by the fire, but the District Chief says no one was hurt.

The cause remains under investigation but Dandurand says it appears to be accidential in nature.

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