Newark firefighters battle 2 big blazes within 24 hours

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NEWARK, N.J. — Firefighters on Tuesday remained on the scene of a second major fire to hit Newark within 24 hours.

Fire at the Kearny Steel Container was extinguished early Tuesday morning. (PIX11)

Fire at the Kearny Steel Container was extinguished early Tuesday morning. (PIX11)

The latest fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at Kearny Steel Container in the city's Ironbound section.

About 120 firefighters responded to the blaze, and faced heavy fire upon arrival, the chief on scene said.

Firefighters were ordered to remain outside because of the possibility of a building collapse, and faced further issues accessing the structure due to double-parked vehicles.

Flames moved to a second building before a transformer blew and fell onto a third.

The fire was contained to the warehouse, and an arson team is now investigating the cause.

The blaze comes after a fire tore through an abandoned rooming house on Cypress Street Monday. Firefighters are checking the debris for any human remains and the cause is under investigation.