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Dozens Displaced in Union City Fire

It appeared to have started in the basement



    News Chopper 4 was over a four-alarm fire in Union City, N.J., where several people were rescued from a burning 3-story residential building Wednesday night. (Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012)

    One person is unaccounted for in an 8-alarm fire that tore through five apartment buildings and left dozens homeless in northern New Jersey Thursday.

    The fire started in the basement of a building on Bergenline Avenue in Union City around 9:25 p.m. Wednesday.

    It has taken close to 10 hours for firefighters to get the upper hand and they're still hitting hot spots. Below freezing temperatures has left ice on firefighters, buildings, trees and the street.

    Bill Fischer of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue says several firefighters have been treated for smoke inhalation and one sustained a broken hand.

    According to various broadcast reports, at least 36 people have been displaced by the fire. They spent the night in a school.

    It's not known what caused the fire.