3-Alarm Blaze Tears Through NJ Apartment Building

Thursday, May 29, 2014  |  Updated 5:00 AM EDT
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3-Alarm Blaze Tears Through NJ Apartment Building

A fire tore through a multistory apartment building early Wednesday, causing heavy damage and displacing six families, police say.

The fire broke out at about 3 a.m. in the rear of the building on South Fifth Street in Harrison, according to police. Flames and smoke quickly spread throughout and, at points, could be seen pouring from windows and the roof near the front of the building. 

Between 75 and 100 firefighters from several towns were called to the blaze, which went to three alarms before being brought under control shortly before 6 a.m.

Officers helped get six families out of the building, police say. Two of those families have infants and have already been relocated.

Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings, police say, but some nearby houses had heat and water damage.

No injuries have been reported. 

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