Three-alarm fire rips through Jersey City rowhouse

A three-alarm fire ripped through two row houses on Wilkinson Avenue at 5pm Tuesday, leaving 12 Greenville families displaced.

First photo credit: NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne/Photos 2-11 credit: Carlos Chacon

According to Jersey City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, officers observed flames in the third-floor windows of the multi-family home at 139 Wilkinson Avenue.

The JCFD safely evacuated residents from any danger and officials say it took more than 50 firefighters to battle the blaze.

“There was damage to the exposure building, no injuries reported,” Wallace-Scalcione says. “The investigation into how the 3-alarm fire was started is ongoing.”

Witnesses say black smoke could be seen miles away– Ocean Ave, Martin Luther King Drive and beyond.

But it wasn’t long before firefighters had the blaze contained.

“The fire is knocked down at this time,” North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Chief Frank Montagne, who was monitoring the fire— told Hudson TV at 5:35pm.