5-alarm fire rips through Weehawken apartments, adjacent home

At least 11 people are without a home after a five-alarm fire ripped through a row house in Weehawken Tuesday. (2/18/14)

WEEHAWKEN - At least 11 people are without a home after a five-alarm fire ripped through a row house in Weehawken Tuesday.

The fire broke out just after 9 a.m. in a building on Hackensack Plank Road. The building housed as many as 10 apartments. It is unclear how many people were living in the building.

Firefighters from several nearby towns were called in to help fight the blaze, attacking it from the street after the building became too dangerous inside. Crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

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"Wood building, lots of voids and openings - fire spreads very quickly through the voids, it's a lot of work," said North Hudson Regional Fire Department Chief Frank Montagne. 

Video captured by a surveillance camera shows the fire bursting from the first floor then shooting up the front of the building toward the roof.

The fire damaged the home next door. The owner, Al Alionso, is hoping that the structure will be OK, but expects his possessions were ruined. "Unfortunately, a lot of personal things in there, my history, so depending on the damage, I lose that," he says.

Officials say one police officer was treated for minor smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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