5-alarm fire rips through Elizabeth stores

5-alarm fire rips through Elizabeth stores (1/30/14)

ELIZABETH - Firefighters have contained a five-alarm fire that swept through a row of stores in Elizabeth.

The fire broke out in a building at South Broad and Summer Streets at around 5:15 a.m. The fast-moving fire caused a large portion of the building's roof to collapse.

Elizabeth Deputy Fire Chief Lathey Wirkus tells News 12 New Jersey the fire affected six stores. The businesses were closed at the time.

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Wirkus says two nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution. He says quick work by more than 125 firefighters who responded to the scene prevented the fire from spreading to the homes.

The fire spread from store to store quickly because the building had a lot of flammable plastic inside, and because of a common attic that allowed the flames to move from one end to the other.

No serious injuries were reported, but two firefighters who slipped on ice were treated and released from a local hospital. The cause is under investigation.

Fire crews from Linden, Newark and Union were called in to the city to help extinguish the blaze.

Here's a look at what the stores looked like before the fire:

 


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