Jersey City

10 Displaced After Flames Rip Through NJ Block Twice: Officials

Flames ripped through a block of Jersey City buildings twice in less than 12 hours overnight, leaving 10 people displaced, fire officials said.

The blaze started in a building on Forrest Street at about 8 p.m. Thursday, according to Jersey City Acting Fire Chief Richard Lipinski. Flames spread to four other homes, two of which were occupied. 

Five adults lived in one of the homes, but officials said they weren't home when firefighters got on scene. Four adults and two children were in the other dwelling, but Lipinski said they all escaped unharmed. 

One of those displaced, Lisa Benjamin, told NBC 4 New York that her husband was able to get their children out of the house, but they lost all of their belongings. 

Firefighters doused the flames overnight, but authorities said the flames rekindled shortly before 6 a.m. Friday. 

Authorities are investigating a cause of the blaze.

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