Caught on Cam: Explosion Rocks NJ Building During Fire

At least two firefighters sustained injuries while battling the blaze, which broke out Sunday morning in Harrison and burned for several hours.

By David Chang
|  Sunday, Mar 10, 2013  |  Updated 6:50 PM EDT
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Caught on Cam: Explosion Rocks NJ Building

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An explosion at a northern New Jersey building during a fire was caught on camera. It happened during a five-alarm blaze that extended to some adjoining buildings in Harrison, New Jersey.

Credit: Youtube.com/Tools (explosion starts 22 seconds in)

The fire sent heavy, black smoke spewing from the two-story buildings in the Hudson County community. Officials also say a backdraft caused an explosion that shattered a window. The blast was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube later during the day. According to the person who uploaded the video, the fire happened at F.E. Rogers Boulevard and Davis.

At least five firefighters sustained injuries while battling the blaze, which broke out Sunday morning in Harrison and burned for several hours. While none of the injuries are life-threatening, officials say one firefighter suffered extensive cuts in the explosion.
 
It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze, which apparently started on the ground floor and spread toward a nearby apartment building. No civilian injuries have been reported.
 
Traffic is being detoured in the area, leading to some travel delays. The fire also forced organizers to re-route a St. Patrick's Day parade being staged nearby.
 

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