Two people were injured and several residents were displaced when a fast-moving fire severely damaged two homes in Bayonne, including one where the city's public safety director lives.
The Jersey Journal reports the fire started around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a two-story home that had been converted into apartments. It soon spread to the top level of a neighboring three-story home.
Authorities say a woman hurt her leg when she jumped from a second-story apartment window, while a man living in the same unit suffered smoke inhalation. Both were treated at a hospital.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze in the two-story home, but it took about an hour to bring the fire at the other home under control.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The two-story home, where the fire originated, suffered heavy fire damage to the second floor, while the three-story home had heavy fire damage in the roof and attic. Both buildings had heavy smoke and water damage.
Eight people living in the two homes were displaced.
Robert Kubert, the city's public safety director and former police chief, lives in the three-story home.
Kubert told police that when he saw smoke and fire coming from the two-story home, he entered the building to warn the occupants and tried to help the woman on the second floor, but the flames forced him to retreat.