Fire that damaged 5 homes on Forrest Street in Jersey City rekindles

Fire that damaged 5 homes in Jersey City rekindles

Fire that damaged 5 homes in Jersey City rekindles (4/15/16)

JERSEY CITY - A large fire in Jersey City that damaged at least five homes and displaced over a dozen people sparked up again Friday morning.

The fire originally broke out on the 200 block of Forrest Street around 8 p.m. Thursday. Fire officials believe the fire began in a vacant home and then spread to several other rowhomes nearby.

Firefighters were called back to the scene early Friday morning after getting reports of smoke and flames coming from one of the affected structures. The rekindled fire was brought under control before 7:30 a.m.

Twelve adults and two children who lived in two of the homes were forced to flee and will be displaced due to the amount of damage.

Fire officials are investigating how the fire started and have not ruled out arson.

The American Red Cross is assisting the families that were displaced.

There were no reports of any serious injuries.

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