Crash knocks out power, displaces families in Newark

Several families were displaced Sunday after a fire that may have been caused by a car crashing into and downing a utility pole.



Officials say the crash took down power lines just before 3:30 a.m. at Hawthorne and Peshine avenues in Newark.



It is unclear if anyone was injured as a result of the crash or how the car lost control.



Witnesses say that several units in a multiple-family apartment near the downed pole went up in flames about 30 minutes after the crash.



"It's awful. My mother just passed away so it's really awful now because this is the only place I have to call home," says residents Victoria Turner, who lost her home to the blaze. "This is the first apartment she's kept for a long time. It's kind of heartbreaking."



It is unclear if the crash or the fire were related.



The Red Cross is assisting all of the families affected by the fire with temporary housing.


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