THE BRONX - Tenants returned to their homes temporarily today after a three-alarm fire on Hoffman Street.

Tenants were initially evacuated at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Authorities allowed residents to return briefly today to retrieve personal belongings.

Officials say no one was harmed in the incident, and the Red Cross has provided housing for nine of the 19 families displaced.

Fire marshals and inspectors from the city’s Department of Buildings were on the scene to assess the damage and investigate the cause of the fire.

While the cause of the fire is unknown, tenants told News 12 that they were smelling gas most of the day.

For extended interview with the fire victims, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.