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Serious Injuries Reported for Male who Jumped From Second Floor of Burning Building in Newark

By rlsmetro on

Newark fire officials battled a two-alarm house fire that caused injuries in the city's North Ward on Saturday morning. 

Officials said at approximately 1:55 a.m., firefighters were called to the 40's block of North 6th Street to investigate reports of a fire with possible trapped occupants.

According to fire officials, firefighters observed flames tearing through a two-and-a-half-story wood-framed house upon arrival.

Crews stretched several lines then transmitted a second alarm for manpower as flames began to rip through the second floor of the structure then extend to homes on both sides.

Officials said a male was found suffering injuries in the rear of the burning building after he jumped from the vacant structure's second floor. He was rushed to University Hospital in serious condition.

Firefighters eventually made entry into the house to check for trapped or injured occupants, which came back negative.

Four families, comprising 11 adults and 6 children, have been relocated.  One firefighters suffered a minor injury. 

The fire was brought under control in just over an hour, with the cause under investigation.