Newark, NJ — Newark firefighters continue to battle three massive fires, with reports of injuries and several residents displaced.
Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reported Friday that members of the Newark Fire Division are battling two three-alarm fires and a two-alarm fire with reports of two firefighters treated for minor injuries.
The first fire started at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a vacant building at 39 Milford Avenue and later escalated to a three-alarm fire after it spread to several nearby structures due to strong winds.
A total of five structures caught fire, with the vacant structure at 39 Milford completely destroyed in the blaze.
Ten people, including six adults and four children, were evacuated from 44 Milford Avenue.
Two additional fires were reported shortly after 3 a.m., with a three-alarm fire occurring at 100 South 14th Street involving four structures and several cars and a two-alarm fire reported on 62 Vanderpool Street, where several cars also caught fire.
The number and severity of the fires required the deployment of several hundred Newark firefighters along with mutual aid assistance.
Several firefighters were injured when they slipped on ice while battling the blaze, according to reports.
The fires coupled with the brutal weather conditions have caused several power outages in the area, with several power lines brought down by the blaze.
The Newark Fire Division continues to battle the blaze in subzero temperatures.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.