Mount Vernon fire leaves 6 homeless

Two Good Samaritans are being credited for rescuing several people from a burning building in Mount Vernon today.

The flames broke out at a multi-family home at 24 North Tenth Ave. at around 9 a.m.

Lennox Miller and another man say they kicked in the front door and tried to save residents who were sleeping on the third floor.

When flames became too much, they screamed for the people to come down the fire escape. A mother and her young son were trapped until emergency crews were able to get to them.

Due to the thick heavy smoke, officials say it took about 20 firefighters close to two hours to get the flames under control.

Fire officials say they believe the fire was accidental and may have been caused by an electrical problem.

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