High winds fuel fast-moving fire tearing though NJ apartment building

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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — High winds forced a fast-moving fire through an apartment building in North Bergen on Friday, North Hudson Regional firefighters said.

The blaze broke out on the second floor in the back of an apartment building on 26th Street near Kennedy Boulevard.

The high winds from a powerful coastal storm battering the area fueled the flames and created heavy smoke, according to fire officials.

Firefighters advanced toward the building but could not get inside, so they attacked the blaze from the ground while some firefighters crawled onto the roof of an attached apartment building.

Firefighters could not enter the building due to smoke conditions and attacked the flames from the ground.

"It was like a fireplace. It just ripped through the whole building. But we just kept fighting," North Hudson Regional Fire Chief Frank Montagne said.

All residents of the building were safely evacuated and there were no serious injuries, officials told PIX11.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.