NEW BEDFORD — At least six adults have been displaced in a three-family house fire early this morning in New Bedford's South End.

District Fire Chief James Fortin said fire crews were called out to a reported kitchen fire in the first floor apartment at 128 Mott St. at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

When firefighters arrived, he said, they found flames on top of the stove, behind the cabinets, and extending into the ceiling.

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Crews were able to put out the flames with an extinguisher and then with the hose within around half an hour, according to Fortin.

But they stayed on the scene for another two hours, he said.

No residents were injured in the incident, although one firefighter sustained a minor injury from forcing open a door.

Residents living on all three floors were displaced due to smoke and water damage as well as the fact that utilities were cut off.

Although the exact number of people affected is unclear, Fortin said at least six adults have been displaced by the blaze.

The cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental, but it remains under investigation.

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