By: Richard L. Smith
Early this morning, a multi-alarm fire broke out in the 70's block of Pine Street in Elizabeth, destroying at least two buildings shortly before 3:55 a.m.
According to preliminary information at the scene, Elizabeth Firefighters rushed to the scene. They discovered a two-and-a-half-story home completely engulfed in flames, with heavy fire spreading to a neighboring house.
The situation quickly escalated, prompting fire officials to call for a second and third alarm for additional manpower as the flames grew out of control.
Fortunately, the occupants of the home managed to escape, but a dog was reportedly trapped on the third floor and later pronounced dead.
Firefighters bravely battled the intense blaze, but the fire caused one of the houses to collapse despite their efforts.
As of 4:45 a.m., the fire was still not under control, posing significant challenges to the responders.
In response to this devastating incident, RLS Media has learned that the American Red Cross has been called to the location to assist in finding housing for the families displaced due to the fire.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation as authorities work to determine what led to the fire.