The Red Cross has been contacted to help several adults and children find shelter after fire raced through three homes in New Castle.

Firefighters from New Castle and surrounding fire departments were called out early Monday to battle flames at three homes.

The first alarm went out at around 6 a.m. to a reported fire at a home on the 600 block of Spruce Street.

Authorities arrived to find two other homes in the area were also on fire and two more alarms went out for equipment and manpower.

Penn Power was called out to turn off electricity to live wires that hampered firefighting efforts.

Streets were closed in the area of the fire so crews can stretch hoses from hydrants.

Investigators say the fire started in a vacant home and wind caused it to spread to two neighboring homes.

The cause is under investigation but investigators say squatters have been known to stay in one of the houses.

 

 They are the second major fires in the city in as many days.

Flames gutted the former Days Inn in the city on Sunday.

It's not known if all of the homes are occupied. No injuries were reported.