JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A block was left in darkness and devastation on Wednesday night after a fire tore through a row of homes earlier in the day, displacing 10 families.
As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported, the blaze reached four alarms at one point. Many of the residents were at school and work when the fire broke out at 27 Belmont Ave., which is part of a series of 12 row houses, each four stories high, in the Bergen Hill section of Jersey City.
“Somebody just called me and told me the block was on fire,” said neighbor Angela Fitch. “This is bad. This is bad.”
The blaze started in one building. As the fire spread up, it then went sideways, igniting several other buildings, fire officials said.
The thick plume of smoke could be seen all over the area, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.