NEWARK - Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out on Garside Street in Newark yesterday.
The fire started at 215 Garside St. and spread to three adjacent homes. Two roofs partially collapsed during the blaze. About 100 firefighters were called to the scene.
Officials say 27 residents have been displaced. The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Roberto Clemente School for those displaced by the fire.
In spite of the tragic loss of their homes, some of the displaced former residents are taking the tragedy in stride.
Fire Capt. John Brown says that the home that the fire started in was supposed to be vacant, but neighbors say they saw people running from the home after the fire began.
Officials say there are also suspicions of people squatting in the abandoned building being responsible for the fire.
No injuries have been reported.