The fire started between homes on Irving Street just before 3 a.m. this morning and quickly spread.
When the firefighters arrived, a live power line fell on their fire truck, shocking at least four firefighters and a captain.
“They were either in the truck or near the truck. They were close enough to receive a minor electric shock,” Jersey City Fire Chief Steven McGill said.
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A total of seven firefighters were taken to Jersey City Medical Center, all with non-life threatening injuries.
Eighteen residents from six families were left homeless because of the flames, forcing many people to flee in the middle of the night.
A resident “thought his daughter was in the back bedroom. Fortunately, she wasn’t there, ”said McGill. “He came in to look, he found thick black smoke, heard popping noises, not sure what it was. He got out of the building and brought the rest of the family out.”
The Red Cross will help.
The cause of the fire, which started in a three-foot driveway between the two buildings, is under investigation.
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