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3 Newark homes damaged in early morning fire

October 13, 2012 5:28:20 AM PDT
A home was gutted and two other homes were damaged in an early-morning fire in Newark.

It took a little over an hour for firefighters to bring it under control, but the damage was done. At least two families are displaced by this fast moving fire.

It broke out around four this morning in a vacant house on Smith St. that was being occupied by two people. Investigators are trying to get to the cause of that blaze; it's unclear whether there were candles or a space heater being used.

The fire spread from that house to two adjoining houses. People were able to make it out safely by the time firefighters arrived.

Newark Fire Chief, John G. Centanni, says, "the fire was exposed out of each window on either side of the building, into the buildings on both sides. So we already had extension upon arrival?severe damage to two of the three buildings, matter of fact, significant damage to all of the buildings involved at this point."

The fire eventually went to two alarms before it was brought under control. No one living in those houses was injured, however one firefighter did experience shortness of breath. He was taken to a hospital, but is expected to be OK.

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