NEW BEDFORD — Seven people were displaced by a fire this morning but New Bedford firefighters were able to battle the blaze and keep it limited to the first floor of the three-family residence.

The New Bedford Fire Department said in a post on its official Facebook page that crews responded at about 10:13 a.m. today to a reported structure fire at 1012 Pleasant Street. They arrived to find heavy smoke with visible fire extending from the first floor of the wood frame three-family dwelling.

New Bedford Fire Department via Facebook

According to the fire department, the residence had working smoke detectors, allowing the tenants to evacuate before fire crews arrived.

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New Bedford Fire Department via Facebook

Firefighters from Engines 1, 7, 8 and Ladders 1 and 4 were able to extinguish the fire before it reached the second floor. They also rescued two cats. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, while the Red Cross is assisting the displaced tenants.

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