LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - Firefighters rescued two people early Thursday morning who became trapped on a small roof overhang on the back of a burning home in Lynn.

Crews responding to a reported structure fire on Birch Street just before 4 a.m. found a man and a woman on the roof as heavy flames began to engulf the rear of the house, Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer said.

Firefighters used ground ladders to rescue the two people, who were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation.

The rest of the residents evacuated the home, with eight adults and one child accounted for, according to Archer.

The American Red Cross has been notified to assist those displaced.

The cause remains under investigation.

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