UPDATE: Downed Wires Ignite Four Cars; Evacuates Building in Linden
Police in Linden evacuated a building after live wires fell on top of several cars, igniting them early Monday morning.
According to an official statement released by police, shortly after 3:30 a.m., Linden Police and Fire units responded to reports of a downed power line in the 200 block of East Elizabeth Avenue.
Police say upon their arrival, they observed the live wire arcing then it ignited a fire in a nearby parked vehicle.
According to the statement, police said as firefighters battled fierce flames, a second wire fell and ignited another car.
The fire quickly spread to a third vehicle and a nearby tree before the power was secured and intense fire was extinguished police said.
According to police, 18 apartments from a nearby apartment building were evacuated as a precaution.
Police say a total of four vehicles were damaged by the fire.
Parts of E. Elizabeth Avenue was closed during the incident but have since been reopened.
All residents were able to return home and thankfully no one was injured during the incident police said in the statement.
Some residents do remain without power but PSE&G officials estimates that power will be restored by 11am.
Weather is to blame for the incident at this time.