BOSTON (WHDH) - Hot and humid conditions made battling a 2-alarm blaze in Dorchester more difficult for firefighters early Wednesday morning.

Crews rushed to the scene after flames broke out on the first floor of a two-and-a-half story home on Ashmont Street just after 2:15 a.m. before spreading to the second floor and attic.

The homeowner, Joe Cullen, self-evacuated from the home after checking to make sure his daughter wasn’t inside.

“I kind of freaked out,” he said. “I ran downstairs and saw the fire was in the kitchen, then I ran back upstairs thinking my daughter was home. It occurred to me that my daughter wasn’t home so I got out of the house and I ran outside.”

Firefighters worked to stay cool and hydrated as they fought the blaze through the hot weather, Deputy Chief Jay Fleming said.

“On a hot night like tonight, we had to strike an extra-alarm just to get the guys here for relief because it’s a really tough night to fight a fire,” he added.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire displaced one resident and left behind about $400,000 worth of damages, Fleming said.

The cause remains under investigation.

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