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Dozens of families displaced after fire rips through N.J. homes

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UNION CITY, N.J. (PIX11) — Dozens of families are displaced Tuesday morning after a middle-of-the-night fire ripped through multiple homes in New Jersey.

Officials said a fire broke out in a building in the 200 block of New York Avenue about 2 a.m. and the flames quickly spread to neighboring structures, burning through at least five homes.

A police officer three blocks away saw the fire and called it in, a fire official on scene told PIX11 News. When they arrived, crews saw flames shooting out of the building’s front windows.

Fire officials said there has been some interior collapse, and the buildings overall may be in danger of collapsing.

The fire appeared to be contained about 6:30 a.m., but was still not extinguished. Some 100 firefighters were on scene to battle the blaze.

As many as 50 residents have been evacuated. No serious injuries have been reported.

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A home in Union City, N.J., is charred after a five-alarm fire tore through it and at least four other neighboring homes early in the morning on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Photo: PIX11)