HASTINGS, Neb. -- Four people and two dogs were able to escape a house fire Tuesday afternoon in Hastings.

Hastings Fire and Rescue responded to the scene in the 1100 block of W. 6th Street around 3:00 p.m.

A Hastings police officer was out on patrol when he noticed smoke coming from the house. He went to the next door neighbors' house to make sure they were out in case the fire spread.

The tenants of the home didn't know the building was on fire. They were able to get out safely and uninjured.

It took over an hour to get the fire under control.

Officials say a total of five people are now displaced. The Red Cross is assisting.

The cause is still under investigation.