PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nearly two dozen people were displaced after a fire swept through an apartment building in Northeast Philadelphia early Monday morning.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. inside a building in the 4400 block of Paul Street in the city’s Frankford section.

Firefighters were able to bring the two-alarm fire under control in about an hour.

Residents told Eyewitness News that someone had recently been pulling the fire alarm as a joke, so their first instinct was to ignore the alarm. However, residents eventually realized that the alarm was real and they banded together to make sure everyone made it out safe.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Residents who were left displaced are being assisted by the Red Cross at the Allen M. Stearne Elementary School.

The fire appears to have started on the second floor of the building, but fire officials said the cause remains under investigation.

Reported By Steve Beck,

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