Kenilworth #Truck3 preparing to go to work. Union County Fire Mutual Aid response into ELIZABETH, N.J., — A 10-alarm fire spread by blasts of winter wind gutted a city block of apartment buildings and businesses early on Saturday, leaving nearly 50 people homeless, the authorities said.
Despite the size of the fire and the damage it caused, no one needed to be hospitalized; two firefighters and a handful of residents were hurt, the authorities said, but all could be treated at the scene.
The Elizabeth Fire Department began receiving emergency calls about 3 a.m., said its director, Onofrio Vitullo, and the first crews found five buildings on Spring Street, part of Routes 1 and 9, engulfed in flames.
Routes 1 and 9 were shut down for several hours as approximately 200 firefighters, some from neighboring departments, battled the blaze through the cold early morning.
At 9 a.m., two ladder trucks were still pouring water on the charred shells of the two- and three-story buildings, between Emma Street and Flora Street and about a mile from Newark Liberty International Airport. Story- John Holl, NY Times 2007 #UCFMA