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Raging Fire Burning for Hours Consumes Newark Building, Displaces 3 Families

Three families were forced out of their Newark, New Jersey home late Thursday after a pesky fire burning for hours engulfed their building.

Firefighters battled the blaze on Verona Avenue near Summer Avenue well into the early morning hours Friday. The stubborn flames displaced eight people, according to Newark fire crews.

One minor injury to a firefighter was reported. 

Video from the scene shows heavy flames blowing out of the roof of the second story of the building as firefighters and trucks sprayed water from above.

The blaze was first reported around 11 p.m. Thursday and burned for hours. At around 5 a.m. Friday morning firefighters said the fire was contained but still not under control.

It wasn't until around 6:30 a.m. when firefighters were seen packing up ladders and hoses and pulling away from the scene. 

The building, a multi-use structure with restaurants and a grocery store on the bottom and apartments on top, was destroyed in the blaze. 

The flames burned all the way through the roof, which collapsed and the apartments were completely gutted. 

The American Red Cross responded to provide the people displaced with temporary emergency needs. 

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