ELIZABETH - A 55-year-old Elizabeth woman was taken to the hospital after a four-alarm fire tore through her home.

The fire at a Jersey Avenue home was reported before 2 p.m. Wednesday. The fire had fully engulfed the rear of the building when crews arrived on the scene.

Crews quickly called for the fourth alarm. "The response was there because of the size of the fire and amount of buildings we had burning," says Deputy Chief Daniel Campbell. "So it takes a lot of help - very quickly - to get it under control."

News chopper video showed that the fire spread to two adjacent homes, which were evacuated.

The victim was pulled from the house by firefighters. The extent of her injuries was not released. A firefighter, possibly affected by the heat and humidity, was also brought to the hospital for an evaluation.

The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

Officials have not released any information on what may have sparked the fire.