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Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Multiple Homes in Newark

By CHRIS TOMPKINS, Senior Correspondent | May 09, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 050920100

Newark, NJ - Three homes were destroyed and several others damaged in a fast-moving second-alarm fire that was fueled by high winds early Saturday morning, May 9th.

Just after 4:00 A.M., Newark firefighters were dispatched to the area of 90 Wright Street for a reported structure fire. Engine 10 quickly arrived to find a large three-story home fully involved and threatening both the 'Bravo' and 'Delta' exposures.

Battalion 4 arrived shortly after and transmitted the second-alarm as fire had extended into both exposures. All companies went defensive on the main fire building and made interior attacks on both exposures. As the fire continued to spread and high winds threatened a collapse of the main fire building, all companies were ordered out of both exposures and went into a defensive attack on all three structures. The main fire building then totally collapsed.

One deck gun, portable monitors, and multiple handlines attacked the fire, which took about an hour to bring under control. Three homes were totally destroyed and at least three others sustained damage. An additional two engines and one truck were called above the second-alarm for water supply. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.