Dozens displaced in North Bergen building fire

Dozens displaced in North Bergen building fire

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Officials are looking for housing after a fire displaced dozens of residents in a five-story apartment building in North Bergen.

Saturday night's blaze caused extensive damage to the top floor of the structure on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Officials say the fire appeared to be electrical in nature and is believed to have started in a crawl space between the top floor and the roof.

A firefighter sustained broken ribs, but residents escaped unharmed.

Mayor Nick Sacco tells The Record  newspaper officials will discuss housing options Monday with representatives of the American Red Cross and North Bergen Community Action.

"The structure is compromised, numerous families are displaced, and the Red Cross is assisting," Police Officer Dino Apostolakos told The Record.

The smoke from the five-alarm fire could be seen across the river in Manhattan.

City spokesman Philip Swibinski told The Jersey Journal about 60 families live in the building.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco said in a Facebook post around 9 p.m. that firefighters were still working and a temporary shelter had been set up at a nearby high school.








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