Apartment fire displaces residents in Plainfield

An apartment fire displaced several residents in Plainfield Friday afternoon.



Plainfield fire officials tell News 12 New Jersey that a Plainfield police officer spotted flames coming from one of the apartments in a building on the 700 block of West Front Street.



At least four people were able to escape the fire on their own soon after the flames broke out.



There are about 20 units in the building, but only a few are believed to have suffered damage.



Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Michael McCue says that the power will be turned off in the building tonight.



"We had a problem with water accumulation. The water company is shutting off the water because it was falling into the basement up to the electric meters," McCue says.



The American Red Cross is expected to help the residents who are displaced.



Fire officials say the cause of the fire does not seem to be suspicious. No injuries were reported.


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