Police: Squatters start fire at abandoned West New York building

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Squatters started a fire at an abandoned building in West New York early this morning, prompting police and firefighters to respond to the scene and no injuries were reported, police said. 

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The blaze, which began at around 1 a.m., occurred at an abandoned building at 5512 John F. Kennedy Boulevard – which is right next to the 76 gas station – police said.

In a video of the incident sent in from a viewer, firefighters from North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue can be seen scaling a ladder to get onto the roof of the building and extinguish the flames. Only smoke is visible in the cell phone video that appeared to be recorded from across the street.

The West New York Police Department, as well as the town’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS), also responded to the scene.

Authorities also said the building has previously had issues with squatters starting fires, further stating that the damage caused by the blaze needs to be further evaluated.