BRIDGEPORT — A fire heavily damaged an abandoned house, frequented by drug users, on Revere Street, in the city's East End Monday evening.

Firefighters arriving shortly after 8 p.m. saw flames shooting from the two-story vacant house. The blaze sent into the sky a black smoke cloud, visible from Interstate 95.

"The fire, apparently set on the first floor, went up through the walls and into the roof," Assistant Fire Chief Ted Derlaga said. "I called the arson squad to investigate."

Firefighter Jim Jackson said he hurt his shoulder in a fall through the stairs while battling the fire.

After medics checked on his shoulder at the scene, Jackson said he would seek treatment at Bridgeport Hospital.

Officer Brett Hyman said the abandoned house, one of several vacant dwellings on Revere Street, was a known hangout for crack cocaine addicts.

Several residents, who smelled the smoke and saw the flames, stood on the sidewalk in front of their homes watching the firefighters work. The fire was brought under control within 25 minutes.

"These abandoned houses should not be allowed to remain in the neighborhood," one man said, talking about the house that burned. "They should all be torn down."

A fire-damaged house stands to the left of the house that burned Monday and a vacant, boarded up house is behind it. Another boarded up house is across the street.

Revere Street runs between Newfield and Central avenues.

— JOEL C. THOMPSON