Mt. Vernon fire leaves 2 dozen homeless

Nearly two dozen people were left homeless over the weekend by a fire that tore through a Mount Vernon apartment building, fire officials say.

Firefighters tried for several hours to find the source of the blaze at 531 East Lincoln Ave. Saturday, but ultimately had to knock down walls throughout the seven-story building to extinguish the flames.

Officials say no one was injured, but the fire caused intense smoke. According to fire authorities, the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

The American Red Cross is helping the displaced families find temporary homes.

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