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Fire leaves 3 Newark homes damaged, fire captain injured

March 19, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving fire damaged three buildings in New Jersey’s largest city, leaving a fire captain injured and displacing more than 20 residents.

Newark firefighters responded shortly before 7 p.m. Monday to a reported fire at a three-story home on Mount Prospect Avenue. That fire soon spread to two neighboring homes, and eventually 85 firefighters battled the blaze, which burned for more than two hours before it was brought under control.

The fire captain suffered a neck injury and was being treated at a hospital. But no residents were injured.

Authorities say at least 15 adults and eight children were displaced by the blaze, along with a few dogs.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.