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Massive four-alarm blaze burns homes, vehicles in Jersey City: officials

Posted: 7:14 AM, Feb 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-05 08:10:39-05
Massive fire burns homes in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Firefighters battled a massive fire that burned through two multifamily homes and vehicles in Jersey City early Wednesday, officials said.

Calls for the fire came in around 3:30 a.m. for flames at a house on Mercer Street, near Baldwin Avenue, in Jersey City, according to officials.

Emergency responders found heavy flames and thick smoke coming from the structures.

The large blaze grew to a four-alarm and was put under control by around 4:30 a.m. officials said.

No injuries were reported but the fire displaced at least 10 residents from the home hit hardest by the flames, according to officials.

A preliminary investigation found the fast-moving fire apparently started in one of the homes and soon spread across a narrow alleyway to the second home. Three vehicles also caught fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Red Cross' New Jersey branch said on Twitter that their Disaster Action Team was on the scene to assist those affected by the fire.