NEW ROCHELLE - Nearly a dozen people are homeless after a fire destroyed their building last night in New Rochelle.

The fire started at around 5:30 p.m. Monday night at an apartment complex on Drake Avenue. Firefighters battled the flames for about three hours. Chief Louis Dimeglio says the freezing temperatures made extinguishing the fire much harder. 

The Red Cross says the five families living in the building are staying with friends and family.

A cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but firefighters believe it started in the building's basement.