Man, infant injured in Jersey City apartment fire

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — At least three people, including an infant, were injured in a fire that ripped through an apartment building in Jersey City Wednesday evening.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 21 Grant Avenue around 7:06 p.m.

One adult male was pulled from the basement and rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. An infant was revived at the scene and again at the hospital. A third person suffered a laceration to the hand while coming down the fire escape.

"I heard it in my sleep and I just woke up and I came out and told everybody to get out," said one frantic resident, who alerted neighbors to the fire. She made it safely out with her daughter, but they fear their cat is gone.

Fire officials believe the fire started in the basement. Debris in the basement and the old wooden structure of the building is making the blaze difficult to fight, they said.

At least 85 firefighters were still on the scene as of 10 p.m. where the fire is not yet under control. It has been contained to 21 Grant Avenue and has not spread to neighboring buildings. No firefighters were injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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