PLEASANTVILLE — A Sunday evening fire has left a family of five homeless, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called about 7:45 p.m. to 9 S. Second St. for a report of smoke coming out of a home.

Because of construction being done on the home, firefighters had a hard time reaching the blaze, Battalion Chief Scott Trythall said.

Firefighters sawed off part of the roof and broke several windows to try to get to the fire. When the roof was sawed open, heavy flames began to rise from the home.

Once they reached the fire, they were able to get it under control in about an hour and a half.

Neighbor Arthur Norris, 58, described it as “quick-traveling,” fueled by the home’s vinyl siding and wood-frame construction.

Five residents were home at the time of the fire. They were not injured. The home is uninhabitable due to severe fire and smoke damage, Trythall said. The Red Cross is assisting the family, which has been given hotel vouchers.

Norris said the family returned to the home Monday morning and had to throw out many of their possessions, including clothes, because of fire and water damage.

One firefighter was injured and taken to Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

Firefighters from Absecon, Northfield, Farmington, Atlantic City International Airport, Linwood and an air unit from Ventnor, Margate and Longport helped put out the fire.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.

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