By Scott Shurtleff

LEOMINSTER -- Firefighters responded to an early morning fire that left seven residents of 19 Sixth St. displaced.

The blaze began on the third floor of the multi-family dwelling and was reported shortly after 4 a.m., according to neighbors.

The three-story wood frame at the end of the quiet dead-end road had flames leaping from the front of the top floor, which was occupied by a single resident. The lower two units were also occupied and suffered significant water damage, according to a fire department spokesman.

It was a working fire when the first responders arrived and, according to the spokesman, the flames were showing through the front of the third floor. The firefighters had it knocked down within 10 minutes.

"It was amazing watching them work," said one neighbor who declined to be identified, about the firefighters. "They had it under control very quickly. They were here for less than an hour."

There were no reported injuries and several pets were rescued.

The displaced residents were taken to the city's Office of Emergency Management where Red Cross officials provided aid.

The spokesman believes the blaze started on the third floor but an investigation is underway as to the cause.