By Ron Jeffers.- Huge flames and thick smoke consumed the rear of an abandon 2 /12 story wood frame abandon dwelling on Clinton Avenue, Jersey City, Sunday afternoon, and jumped an alley to an occupied home, forcing occupants to run out to safety.
Fire companies were initially dispatched to Oxford Avenue, west of Kennedy Boulevard, where flames were rolling up the rear of the abandon structure. First arriving police officers alerted tenants to evacuate. As fire companies began their response, some radioed in that they could see a column of smoke in the air, shortly before 4:30 p.m.
Squad 4 reported that two buildings were on fire. The flames had jumped an alley way and had involved an occupied home to the east of the original fire building. A second-alarm was quickly sounded.
Firefighters made an aggressive attack to knock down the heavy fire in the abandoned building and opened up walls of the exposure to extinguish flames, there.
Several firefighters were taken to the Jersey City Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Arson investigators were on the scene of the fire, which was considered suspicious in origin.
The Red Cross was on the scene to assist the people left homeless from the fire.