DOVER, New Jersey (WABC) – A massive fire broke through buildings in the New Jersey business district, which caused four…
DOVER, New Jersey (WABC) –
A massive fire broke through buildings in the New Jersey business district, which caused four of them to collapse.
Officials say that the fire was placed under control of Monday night, although firefighters still put water in hot spots early Tuesday morning.
The 7-alarm fire broke out at 3:30 AM on the first floor of a three-story structure on 3 North Warren Street in Dover. It is supposed to have begun in the basement of Barry’s Luncheonette.
The building contained first floor stores and apartments on the top floors. The fire spread quickly to surrounding buildings.
Companies and residents were evacuated, and officials said that everyone made it safe. Eighty people were displaced and at least six companies were destroyed.
No damage was reported.
Flames shot from the ceiling and smoke directed in the air. It can be seen from miles away.
“This is a major structure fire,” said Dover Mayor James Dodd. “It’s a very hard fire they are fighting now, the buildings are old. They are doing the best they can right now to get the fire under control.”
Investigators discovered that the fire was fed by natural gas, which was closed hours later.
Units from cities throughout Morris County were called for assistance in the fight against the fan.
“It’s very difficult, it’s very unfortunate,” said Mayor Dodd. “It’s devastating to the people who lose their homes, it is our concern and our local businesses, and we will do everything we can to help the people who have been shifted.”
Roads were closed in the entire area
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