NEWARK, N.J. (CBSnewYork/AP) — A four-alarm fire swept through three buildings in Newark, displacing more than two dozen residents.
The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Monday in a building on Bloomfield Avenue and the flames spread to two other structures. The buildings had stores on the street level and apartments above.
“It just devoured the entire third floor and from what I hear, the entire third floor collapsed onto the second floor,” resident Richard Ascon told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.
“Firemen kicked the doors in and me and my friend were trapped in the backyard and all the water was falling on us,” resident Sandra Cabrera told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.
Cabrera managed to grab her jacket, but left behind her medication which she said is critical after her liver transplant.
“I need my medication to stay alive,” she said. “And my cat, I couldn’t grab the cat. She was hiding under the bed.”