Four people were displaced Thursday when a Beacon Street home was damaged by fire, but no one was injured, according to emergency officials.
An investigation is underway as to what caused the fire that burned much of the first and second floors at 75 Beacon St. The four people escaped without injuries but are now homeless, though all found a place to stay.
"The American Red Cross is helping four people with emergency food and clothing needs after a fire this afternoon on Beacon Street in Hamden," American Red Cross spokesman Paul Shipman said. "The families affected were able to find alternate housing."
According to the New Haven Register, the fire is suspicious, espcially in light of an incident Wednesday night when someone threw burning items in front of the house.
John Murphy, who lives across the street from the house at 75 Beacon St., said he first saw something was awry when he noticed red lights in the windows.
"There was a lot of smoke coming from the house," Murphy said, "and then suddenly the whole front of the house was ablaze."
About six firefighters kicked down the door and disappeared into the flames, Murphy said.
"They were amazing, what they did," he said. "They were here immediately and they went right in."
Lt. Tim Wydra, who was at the scene, said he didn't have any details yet as to how the fire started but he did say that no one was injured. The Hamden Police had detectives on site investigating the fire throughout the afternoon.