Firefighters Struggle to Contain Union City Blaze

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    Investigators are trying to figure what sparked a massive fire in Union City, N.J. Brynn Gingras reports. (Published Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012)

    Firefighters have managed to contain a stubborn fire in Union City, N.J., hours after it was reported late Monday afternoon.

    Fire officials say they have been able to contain the blaze at 411 Bergenline Ave. to the fourth floor, but the roof is gone and other floors have extensive water damage. 

    Large Fire Burns in Union City Building

    [NY] Large Fire Burns in Union City Building
    A large fire broke out late Monday afternoon at 411 Bergenline Ave. in Union City, N.J. This is raw video from News Chopper 4. (Published Monday, Dec 3, 2012)

    The fire was reported before 4 p.m., and crews battled all night to put it out as it continued to rekindle. 

    Neighbor Kevin Geigel said, "I looked out the window and saw the first couple of flames coming out of the middle apartment on the top floor, and it just spread from there."

    The building, which contained businesses on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors, was evacuated and residents were moved to a nearby recreation center amid concerns of a building collapse. 

    Red Cross is assisting about 100 displaced residents at a nearby school. 

    It's not clear what started the fire. Streets are closed around the building as crews attempt to control the fire. 

    No injuries have been reported. 

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