Nearly 30 residents displaced by fast-growing Newark fire

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NEWARK — Nearly 30 residents, including children, of a Newark row house are displaced and a firefighter is hurt after a fast-growing fire ripped through a home in the middle of the night Sunday, authorities said.

The Newark Fire Department responded to a three-story home at 148 Pennsylvania Ave. about 11 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

Within an hour the blaze was elevated to four alarms, drawing more than 100 firefighters and 24 fire trucks to the scene.

The fire spread to four homes -- three three-story wood-frame homes, and one two-and-a-half story newly built home. Three were occupied and one was vacant, officials said.

The blaze was brought under control by 2:30 a.m., officials said. A single firefighter was hurt.

The Fire Division's Community Service Unit and the American Red Cross will help the 21 adults and seven children who were displaced by the fire.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact fire investigators with the Newark Fire Division or the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.