A neighbor’s video shows flames quickly devouring the back of 124 South St. in the Heights section of Jersey City, with winds whipping up a fire that started around 5 a.m. Sunday in a unit being renovated. It was practically bare with no one inside.
A different neighbor’s camera shows an angle at the front of the three closely packed houses that the fire jumped to — first the one next door and then one next to that.
“The wind was blowing west, so from this house of jump to my house and part of that house,” Pattni said.
Pattni’s video shows the 16-year-old walking through the rooms of a house no one can live in. He has his phone, and the clothes on his back, but almost all other belongings were ruined, as his family relocated to a hotel, arranged for them by the American Red Cross.
No one was hurt, but the Red Cross says its helping five families and a total of 17 people with emergency food and housing.
“I was sleeping, My mom panicked. She screamed my name,” Pattni said. “My mom had us knock on my door because my door was locked, so she basically saved me from that or I would’ve slept through it.”
“My son, without him I cannot get out of my house. He is my life, too,” Jagrupi Pattni added.
As a result of the blaze three structures will be boarded up and five families are now to find new places to live, Carlin reported.
People displaced and getting Red Cross assistance include one teenager who was sleeping in a top-floor bedroom in the third house to burn.
“I didn’t even know where to grab things,” she said. “A few clothes and money, that’s it.”
By late afternoon fire investigators were done inside the charred inside of the room where the fire started. CBS2 has learned the official cause won’t be released for several days.
“The house was being renovated so maybe there something with the electrical happened and spark something, but there was nobody home,” the teen girl said.
“I want to say thank you to our local firemen for doing a great job,” Jersey City resident John Dennis added.
Firefighters were praised by members of the community for seeing to it everyone escaped an overwhelming wall of fire with their lives.
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.
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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.
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.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but does not appear suspicious, Wallace-Scalcione said.