NEWARK - Firefighters battled a two-alarm residential fire in Newark Friday that heavily damaged two buildings.
Crews were called to the scene where witnesses say the fire appeared to start on the top floor of a two-and-a-half-story building at around noon.
Officials called for the second alarm when crews arrived at 243 Clifton Ave. and discovered the flames had jumped to an adjoining duplex.
Neighbors say that not everyone evacuated the buildings right away. "Some people wanted to stay inside the house, but we finally got everybody out," says Justin Rodriguez.
The blaze was just 400 feet away from Wednesday's massive water main break at Clifton and Bloomfield avenues, which cut water pressure down to a trickle, and according to Mayor Luis Quintana, could have posed a major problem if it had happened today.
"That main was shut, and the pressure level was so low," Quintana says. "That would have been a tragedy for us."
There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire, and officials have not released information on a possible cause.
A total of 22 people were displaced as a result of the fire.