Firefighters battle large house fire in Jersey City – WABC-TV

Firefighters battle large house fire in Jersey City - WABC-TV
4-alarm fire displaces 17 in Jersey City
JERSEY CITY — Seventeen people were displaced this morning after a four-alarm fire tore through a residential home.

The fire, which broke out at around 5 a.m. at 124 South St., has left one home destroyed and two adjacent buildings damaged, according to video footage posted on social media.

Jersey City Police spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said the 1st and 2nd floors of the residential structure where the fire started were completely engulfed by the fire, which was reported around 5 a.m.

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Firefighters upon arrival found heavy fire in the rear of the building with the first and second floors fully involved, city spokeswoman Kim Wallace-Scalcione said.

Jersey City Police spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said the 1st and 2nd floors of the residential structure where the fire started were completely engulfed by the fire, which was reported around 5 a.m.

Volunteers with the New Jersey Red Cross assisted 17 people — or five families — with emergency assistance, including temporary lodging, food and clothing, the organization said. No injuries were reported.

Video of the fire showed flames and heavy smoke coming out of the sides and the roof of the two story home on South Street in Jersey City, separated by a 1-foot alley from the neighboring homes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but does not appear suspicious, Wallace-Scalcione said.

Video of the fire showed flames and heavy smoke coming out of the sides and the roof of the two story home on South Street in Jersey City, separated by a 1-foot alley from the neighboring homes.

The fire started at around 5 a.m. and firefighters say that because of the wind, it quickly spread to other neighboring homes.

Neighbors say that the house the fire started in was vacant. Officials say a patrol car noticed the flames and called the fire department.

The fast moving blaze was reported early Sunday morning, in the citys northern section. Families are being helped by the Red Cross, and no one was hurt.\nRead More

Firefighters then helped evacuate the residents of surrounding homes. They remained on the scene to monitor the buildings.

Other neighbors say they woke up to firefighters knocking on their door and were forced outside in the cold rain.

Red Cross New Jersey sent members of their Disaster Action Team to assist 17 members from five families affected by the fire.

No one was hurt, but the Red Cross says it’s helping five families with emergency food and housing.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officials say it does not appear to be suspicious.

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No injuries were reported, according to Wallace-Scalcione, who said the fire did not appear suspicious.

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