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Family rescued from rooftop during Park Street fire

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Binghamton Firefighters rescued a family from the roof of a burning home. As YNN's Carmella Mataloni reports, the quick work of firefighters made for a successful rescue.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Two families are displaced after a house fire on Park Street in Binghamton. Crews said the situation could have been much worse if firefighters did not act so quickly.

One of the families who lived in the two unit building was trapped on the roof of the home after flames forced them out and up.

"The first one I took down was the young boy and he was obviously upset but able to get him down, and then the baby, and then the mother was able to walk down the ladder herself," explained Bill Banovic, Binghamton Fire Department Firefighter.

It was long awaited relief for neighbors who watched the events unfold. Ayana Del Valle owns the two family home and lives there with her son. When the smoke alarm sounded at 6 a.m. on Thursday, the two were able to get to the street safely.

"I just grabbed my son and left and as I was walking or running out the front door, my tenant was screaming, and she was just on the roof with a week and a half two week baby. She just had a baby and a 5-year-old son and she's screaming from the roof top," said Del Valle.

After the family was pulled to safety, crews started working to extinguish the flames in the back of the home.

"When the companies got here, they made an aggressive attack. Bringing multiple lines into the building trying to knock that fire down," said Fire Chief Daniel Thomas.

Although everyone walked away unharmed, Del Valle said it's a memory she won't forget.

"Thank god for them and their fast response and they managed to get everyone out safely and the response from my neighbors has been really beautifully overwhelming so I'm grateful for that," said Del Valle.

There is still no word on what caused the first, but the investigation is underway.

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