Houses evacuated and streets closed due to 3-alarm fire in Jersey City Heights


Houses have been evacuated and streets have been closed in the Jersey City Heights due to a house fire near Manhattan and Central Avenues.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Jersey City Fire Department responded to 15 Manhattan Ave. at about 3 p.m. and, upon arrival, firefighters observed a working fire within the house, said city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.

The fire extended to at least one neighboring home, prompting firefighters to evacuate nearby homes as a precaution. No injuries are reported at this time and traffic on Central Avenue is shut down at the Manhattan Avenue intersection in both directions.

Therefore, drivers are advised to avoid the area, Wallace-Scalcione added.

A three-alarm blaze in the Heights last month caused nine people to be displaced, six people to be injured, and four cats killed.

This is also at least the fourth fire in Hudson County in the past three days: with five- and six-alarm fires in Weehawken and Union City, respectively, late Tuesday, then another four-alarm blaze broke out in Union City early this morning.

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