BAYONNE, NJ - Members of the Bayonne Fire Department beat back flames at 27 and 29 East 16th Street that forced 24 residents from their homes on Wednesday.

According to officials, the blaze was reported just before 6:00 p.m. with firefighters responding quickly to find heavy fire throughout the structures.

The intense heat made for even more difficult conditions, officials reported, and are believed to have played a part in injuries to three firefighters that were transported to an area hospital for care. Three residents were also treated by medics at the scene.

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Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver commended his firefighters for preventing the further spread of the fire in the heavily congested neighborhood while Mayor Jimmy Davis was on scene, along with Bayonne OEM and the Red Cross, providing assistance to residents.

Reports state that a ruptured water main at 16h and Broadway caused further complications to another building in the area, forcing the displacement of an additional 12 residents.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

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