NORTHUMBERLAND BOROUGH, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Overnight, a devastating fire in Northumberland County has left more than a dozen people displaced.

The call came in around 1:45 this morning for flames in the rear of a house here on the 600 block of Wheatley Avenue. Now 17 adults and 7 children are without a home but first responders say it’s a miracle everyone made it out okay.

“The alarm came in about a quarter to two. First in units encountered a well-involved structure, actually 2 well-involved structures the fire spread very quickly,” stated Chief Brian Gink, of the Northumberland Fire Department.

Fire Chief Gink says within 10 minutes on scene, the fire had engulfed the rear of the house on the right… then quickly spread to the houses to the left.

“One of the structures ended up collapsing further into the incident. There were no injuries there either. And as you can see we just cleaned everything up and we had to use an excavator to be able to get in and put out the hotspots that were left,” explained Gink.

A total of 4 structures and 7 dwellings were damaged. Neighbors on the scene tell Eyewitness News that a child woke in the middle of the night and alerted her family about the fire next door. Chief gink says it’s incredible everyone made it out okay.

“A fire to this extent we feel very blessed that everybody got out,” said Chief Gink.

A fire chief from Sunbury, who assisted, suffered a minor injury, and took firefighters about an hour to get them under control. Now investigators are searching for a cause.

“The fire marshall was here this morning and conducted his investigation and at this point the cause is undetermined,” stated Chief Gink.

Two homes were demolished, and the red cross is assisting the families that were displaced. To help with supplies or donations visit their gofundme page.