New Jersey fire: Firefighters battle Jersey City apartment building fire
The fire was reported in a three-story residential building around 4 p.m. on Van Horne Street.
A Jersey City police officer who was first on the scene ran into the building where the fire started and rescued a man. The 76-year-old victim suffered third-degree burns and was taken to a local hospital.
A battalion commander and a firefighter also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The Jersey City Fire Department said the fire started in the back of a third-floor apartment where the elderly man lived.
The 17 residents who were displaced by the fire were assisted by the Red Cross or family members.
The fire is not considered suspicious at this time.
The upper floors of five of the adjoining buildings were damaged after the fire spread through the cockloft.
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