CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Nine people are without a place to call home tonight after a fire broke out at their residence on Grove Avenue.

Chicopee Fire officials tell us that they were called to 19-21 Gove Avenue around 4 p.m. Friday for a report of a structure fire.

Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk told Western Mass News that he was just down the street, off-duty, with his son when they saw the smoke.

A 14 year old that lives inside the two and a half story, two-family house told us that he was just doing his math homework when his little brother ran in to tell him there was a fire.

With a bunch of black smoke inside, Wilk said that he and his son, a Monson police officer, rushed to get the family of four out safely while they waited until firefighters arrived.

"They were scared. There were kids that were obviously frightened. We were able to get them out, get them across the street, and away from harm's way," Wilk explained.

Wilk said that a lot of the fire damage is in the back of this house, but that the cause remains under investigation.

As they were continuing to investigate, fire officials reported that a total of three people were displaced by the fire, but then increased the total amount to nine.

Upon further investigation, the fire originated on the back porch located on the second floor.

The American Red Cross is assisting the nine residents that were displaced, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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