NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Three families have been left homeless after houseboats docked in Weehawken, New Jersey went up in flames Monday morning.
The fire broke out inside a boat around 7:30 a.m. and quickly spread to three others, sending a towering plume of dark smoke over the Hudson River, CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported.
Andrew Soto lives on his houseboat docked at Lincoln Harbor.
“All of a sudden, the boat got dark. The sky was just black, so we knew something was on fire. We got up immediately and – just engulfed in flames. And the wind was blowing southwest, it caught the other two boats right alongside of it,” Soto told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.