Firefighters battle cold, blaze in NJ

December 23, 2008 2:57:35 AM PST
A third-alarm fire burned through a home in Jersey City early Tuesday, and firefighters had to battle the cold to keep the flames from spreading to other buildings. The "extremely stubborn" blaze broke out inside 20 Graham Street just after 1:15 a.m.

Heavy flames shot out of the roof of the home, apparently packed with magazines and newspapers, which turned into an inferno.

Firefighters protected the adjacent buildings as they tried to put out the flames. Residents of nearby homes were also forced out while the fire raged.

"The conditions were horrible," Jersey City Fire Chief Jose Cruz said. "The water froze up on us right away. But they did a wonderful, wonderful job."

No firefighters were immediately injured, but they were expected to be treated for exposure to the cold.

One family was left homeless by the blaze. All three members were able to escape the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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