Large fire displaces dozens of people in North Bergen

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NORTH BERGEN -

A large fire in Hudson County will cause dozens of people to be out of their homes for a time. 

The fire broke out Friday morning on the 1200 block of 26th Street in North Bergen. Fire officials say that the fire started in the back of a second-floor apartment unit, before spreading to the third floor, as well as to a nearby apartment building.

At least 30 to 40 residents were forced to evacuate due to the fire. Officials say that it took nearly 60 firefighters to get the fire under control.

A nor’easter hitting New Jersey produced very strong winds around the state, which officials say hampered some of the firefighting efforts.

The North Hudson fire chief tells News 12 New Jersey that conditions inside the building became very dangerous, but that firefighters were protected by their gear.

“This was an inferno, you’re talking 1,500-2,000 degrees in that building that are ripping through there,” the chief said. “They really put their heart and soul to put this fire out. That’s how we do our job best.”

Several firefighters sustained minor injuries. None of the residents were hurt, according to officials.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to help the residents that were displaced.

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