BREAKING NEWARK NJ: Fire Burning in Multiple Buildings in Newark's North Ward

Firefighters are on the scene of a multi-alarm fire that is tearing through several homes in the city's North Ward at this time.

According to preliminary reports, intense flames ripped through a vacant house located at 159 Mount Prospect Avenue at approximately 5:47 p.m. sending firefighters to the scene where first arriving crews observed fire engulfing the structure and extending to two other homes.

Fire officials on the scene struck a 2nd then 3rd alarm when fire jumped from building to building causing a dangerous situation for the neighborhood.

As of 6:13 p.m., the blaze has not been declared under control, and there are no injuries immediately reported.

Fire officials say at least four homes are burning at this time.

UPDATE 6:37 P.M. The fire has been placed under control.