BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport officials say an early morning fire ravaged three multi-family apartment buildings, leaving more than 25 people homeless.

Investigators say the fire destroyed one of the buildings and left the others severely damaged. The blaze broke out at around 2 a.m. near the corner of Brooks and Putnam streets.

Residents believe the fire likely started in the kitchen of one of the apartments and say the fire spread quickly due to strong winds.

An off-duty firefighter was on scene and rescued an injured woman who suffered burns to her hands. She is currently being treated at the hospital along with others who suffered from smoke inhalation.

A city spokesman says buses from Greater Bridgeport Transit were brought to the neighborhood to keep people warm in the unseasonably cool temperatures outside, and then to evacuate them.

The Red Cross was also on site providing services for those left with nothing. A pair of temporary shelters have been set up.

For more on the fire, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.