At least three families are looking for a new place to live after fire ripped through their Hartford homes early Saturday morning.
The Hartford Fire Department first responded to a house fire on Oakland Terrace around midnight.
Fire crews were still on scene on Oakland Terrace when a second house fire started at 83 Oxford Street, about two miles away.
"We were stretched thin" said Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Michael Juda. "West Hartford came here and assisted us with this fire and did a lot of work here, we certainly appreciate it, and we had a couple of other towns coming in on standby at the fire houses answering some other routine calls."
Juda said that there was a considerable amount of fire on the back porches of the Oxford St. home that spread to the third floor. A chimney that runs through the middle of the home collapsed during the fire.
According to Juda, the fire will continue to smolder throughout the morning because the risk of the home collapsing is just to great to send firefighters back inside.
A total of eight people were displaced from the fire on Oakland Terrace. Two families were displaced from the Oxford Street fire. Neither will be able to return to their homes.
No injuries were reported.