Fire damages 6 homes, displaces dozens in Unionport

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At least nine people suffered injuries after a five-alarm fire damaged six homes in the Bronx and left many families homeless, officials say.

The fire broke out Thursday on Olmstead Avenue in Unionport shortly before 4 p.m.

The fire prompted a response from over 200 FDNY firefighters from 50 units, eight of whom were injured.

Officials say a total of nine families have been displaced, leaving some children to start their summer vacation without a place to call home.

Business owners and community members came together on Friday to help the victims of the fire and the firefighters at the scene.

The displaced families are currently being put up in hotels by the American Red Cross.

While witnesses say they heard fireworks going off during the fire, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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