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3-alarm fire tears through homes in Jersey City

A raging fire burned through several homes in Jersey City early Monday morning.
August 19, 2013 8:15:38 AM PDT
A raging fire burned through several homes in Jersey City early Monday morning.

The fire broke out at 13 Bergen Avenue around 5:30 a.m. It started out as a second-alarm fire in the two-story home, but because the houses are so close together, the fire quickly spread to several adjoining structures.

Thick smoke poured from the home while firefighters worked to get the upper hand on the blaze.

Huge flames shot through the roof, as well.

No injuries were reported, but four buildings suffered damage and two are a total loss.

Area residents said there was a delay in getting water on the fire, which the fire chief says was due to firefighters responding to a separate medical call at the time the first 911 call came in about the fire.

The Red Cross is currently assisting 6 families, 17 people total, by providing emergency assistance for food, clothing and temporary housing.

Bergen Avenue was shut down between Woodlawn and Stevens Avenue.

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