NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The American Red Cross is helping relocate 12 tenants who were left with homes after a fire broke out Saturday morning on French Street.

Firefighters arrived at 148 French St. at 2:26 a.m. Saturday to battle the blaze, according to a spokesperson in the Mayor's Office.

Upon arrival, they were informed by members of the New Brunswick Police Department at the scene that an occupant had tried to quell a fire inside the building using a fire extinguisher.

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The fire was believed to have started in a second floor bathroom light/fan fixture.

However, firefighters had to open up the walls and ceilings as the fire got into spaces behind the second floor walls and started running up into the third floor. That's where firefighters found moderate smoke and intense heat in a third-floor bathroom. The opening of third floor walls revealed more fire, which was extinguished.

Occupants were all safely evacuated, but one firefighter received a laceration on his left hand while removing a broken toilet on the second floor in an attempt to curb water damage. He was treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

A business on the first floor was also damaged by the fire.

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