BUFFALO, NY-- 14 people were left homeless after a fire ripped through three houses on Buffalo's east side Monday afternoon.

70 firefighters responded to the scene on Bogardus Street in the city's Lovejoy neighborhood after three alarms were sounded.

Firefighters say the fire, which started at 42 Bogardus, quickly spread to an adjacent home at 46 Bogardus.

The two homes are separated by a narrow passage perhaps no more than 18 inches wide.

From there, flames spread to a third home located behind the first two.

All three homes were damaged to the point that they cannot be occupied and the Red Cross is assisting those who were burned out, which include seven adults and seven children, according to Deputy Fire Commissioner Jonathan Eaton.

Two civilians and two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Damage to all three homes and the contents within them, is collectively estimated at just over $300,000.