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60 Displaced By Fire At Perth Amboy Apartment Building

An apartment building destroyed by a fire in Perth Amboy on Thursday, July 5, 2012 (credit: CBS 2)

An apartment building destroyed by a fire in Perth Amboy on Thursday, July 5, 2012 (credit: CBS 2)

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – An early morning fire swept through a New Jersey apartment building leaving dozens of people homeless.

The three-story apartment building on State Street in Perth Amboy was completely destroyed in the blaze which was reported around 4:15 a.m. Thursday, investigators said.

It took about 75 firefighters nearly three hours to extinguish the fire.

Five tenants, including a baby who was reportedly thrown down from a fire escape, a firefighter and a police officer were taken to hospitals for injuries that were considered non-life threatening, officials said.

Nearly 60 displaced residents have been moved to a nearby community center.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.