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Family of five taken to hospital after Dartmouth fire (update)

According to the Canadian Red Cross, a family of five had to jump from a second-storey window to safety
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A Halifax Fire vehicle (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

DARTMOUTH - A family of five living in a Dartmouth townhouse has been taken to hospital after a large fire early Friday morning. 

Fire crews responded to a call at an eight-unit three-storey complex on Princess Margaret Boulevard at 2:16 a.m. Friday, where a centre unit was already fully engulfed in flames and spreading to the rest of the building. 

According to the Canadian Red Cross, the family members had to jump from a second-storey window to safety.

Division Commander Lloyd Currie with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency told NEWS 95.7 forty firefighters responded to the fire. One had to be taken to hospital, but has since been released.

Currie said there are also unconfirmed reports of an explosion before fire crews arrived on scene. 

Firefighters gained entry from the back of the building and fully extinguished the blaze after about four hours. 

Nine people have been displaced. The unit where the fire originated sustained the most damage, while the two units on either side also suffered water, smoke and heat damage. 

The Canadian Red Cross helped two roommates in one of those units purchase clothing and food, they hope to meet with the family later on about emergency aid.

They say the tenants of the third unit have have apparently made their own arrangements.

An investigator has been called to determine the cause of the fire.

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