Newark Police officials report that a Newark Fire Division firefighter was injured during a 2-alarm fire at 817 South 14th Street today.
According to officials, at approximately 11:02 a.m., firefighters responded to the vacant 2-1/2 story residence on a call of a fire. A 2nd alarm was immediately called with some 70 firefighters responding.
Officials said that the fire quickly extended to 813- 815 South 14th Street, an occupied 3-story wood frame residence, and to 819 South 14th Street, also an occupied 3-story wood frame residence.
According to officials, the injured firefighter sustained a minor injury to his neck. He was evaluated at the scene by EMS and remained on duty.
No other injuries have been reported, but 5 families, including 13 adults and 8 children were relocated from 813-815 South 14th Street and two families, including two adults, were relocated from 819 South 14th Street.
The fire was considered under control at 12:32 p.m. The cause and origin of this fire is under investigation by the Department of Public Safety’s Arson Unit.