Several people, animals escape home fire on South 12th Avenue in Mount Vernon

The American Red Cross is helping several families who had their multi-family home in Mount Vernon destroyed by fire. Officials say heavy flames started from

Officials say heavy flames started from the third

Officials say heavy flames started from the third floor of the South 12th Avenue home at around 9 p.m. Thursday.

MOUNT VERNON - The American Red Cross is helping several families who had their multi-family home in Mount Vernon destroyed by fire.

Officials say heavy flames started from the third floor of the South 12th Avenue home at around 9 p.m. Thursday.

They say seven people as well as a 2-year-old and an infant were able to escape. Firefighters were able to rescue a mother cat and four kittens from the first-floor apartment. No one was injured.

Officials are investigating what sparked the flames.

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