NEW YORK (CBS 2) – A fire in Harlem injured an entire family and left dozens of tenants homeless on Saturday morning.

Fire Department of New York officials said the fire started shortly before 2 a.m. on the second floor of the corner residential building at 271 West 126th St.

Two adults and two children were critically injured.

“We had fire out of six windows and people trapped above,” FDNY Chief Peter Mulhall said. “The firemen went above the fire and pulled down seven people—four were critical and taken to the hospital.”

As the firefighters fought the flames, tenants watched on from outside.

“We had to come down the steps. I never witnessed this before. He hoke me up with morning. I could have got burned to death, but thank God,” one tenant said.

Red Cross arrived on scene and distributed blankets to comfort the families who are now temporarily homeless.

“We were sleeping and my wife woke up to say she smelled smoke and the house was on fire. We came down the fire escape,” one tenant said.

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