Four homes were heavily damaged, three families displaced, and at least five firefighters injured Tuesday afternoon in a blaze in a Norristown rowhouse neighborhood, officials said.
Two other homes suffered minor damage in the fire that broke out shortly before 3 p.m. at a home in the 1000 block of Willow Street, where a work crew was repairing a roof, and spread quickly.
The conditions of the firefighters were not known.
Eleven fire companies responded to the scene, which became a neighborhood drama as people poured out of their houses to watch from their front steps and lawn chairs.
The fire was declared under control at 4:30 p.m.