JERSEY CITY, NJ - A massive fire on Terrace Avenue caused damage to three houses, one of which suffered structural collapse. Two juveniles received minor injuries while evacuating and one firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

According to reports, members of the Jersey City Fire Department responded to 237 Terrace Avenue at about 1:19 a.m. Sunday on the report of an active fire. “Upon arrival, firefighters observed a working fire that appears to have started on the outside of the building near garbage cans and a vehicle parked on the sidewalk near an alley,” city spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.

The fire spread to neighboring houses across narrow alleyways but did not appear to have spread to the industrial area below the cliff on the western slope of the Palisades overlooking Tonnelle Avenue. 

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“The fire spread upward, eventually causing a structure collapse of the roof in 237 Terrace.” Wallace-Scalcione said. 

The Red Cross was notified as 15 adults and 2 children were displaced. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

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