By: Richard L. Smith
Firefighters battled a multi-alarm fire that tore through a house in Elizabeth Saturday morning.
Crews were dispatched to an address on Browning Avenue to investigate reports of a fire around 3:50 a.m.
Upon arrival, fire officials on the scene ordered a second and a third alarm after they found heavy smoke and flames coming from a two-and-a-half-story house with fire beginning to extend to neighboring homes.
Firefighters experienced some issues gaining water pressure from hydrants in the neighborhood but managed to stretch several lines to get water on the fire.
Shortly before 4:20 a.m., the intense fire caused a portion of the main fire building to collapse, but no firefighters were inside then.
Crews were able to knock down much of the fire in about an hour, but not before a car near the property was ignited by flames.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and no serious injuries were reported.