Dozens Displaced in Massive Newark Blaze

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the fire in the city's East Ward

Saturday, Aug 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:23 AM EDT
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Dozens Displaced in Massive Newark Blaze

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the fire in the city's East Ward, which broke out around 1 a.m. and was brought under control around 7:40 a.m.

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Newark fire officials say two people were hurt and dozens displaced by a massive blaze that damaged several homes and buildings early Saturday.

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the fire in the city's East Ward, which broke out around 1 a.m. and was brought under control around 7:40 a.m. It was still burning late Saturday morning, but firefighters expected to have it extinguished sometime Saturday afternoon.

Numerous fire companies from nearby towns helped city firefighters battle the blaze, which severely damaged at least five buildings. Fifty-eight people were displaced overall, and it wasn't known when they would be able to return to their homes.

One firefighter and a city resident were treated for smoke inhalation, but their injuries were not considered serious.

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