JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Three homes caught fire in Jersey City Tuesday morning in a blaze which quickly escalated to a 5-alarm call for firefighters.

The call came in at 5 a.m. for a fire on Wegman Avenue, reports CBS2’s Jim Smith.

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Twenty one people including five children were displaced, officials said.

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“Smoke alarms were going, so that was good. Everybody self-evacuated from the buildings prior to our arrival,” Jersey City Fire Chief of Department Steven McGill.

One firefighter suffered second degree burns to the back of the neck. He was taken to the hospital, treated and is being released.

The Red Cross is responding on the scene to help those affected by the fire.

Stay with CBS New York on this developing story.