Fire sets blaze to several buildings in Aberdeen, New Jersey

ABERDEEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Emergency responders worked to extinguish a large fire that spread to several buildings in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Officials said at least three buildings caught fire on Highfield Avenue in Aberdeen around noon Thursday.

Eyewitness video shows flames engulf a structure as dark smoke billows into the sky.

The fire started in one home but the winds were so strong that it quickly jumped to two neighboring homes.

The blaze was also fed by fuel inside propane tanks.

"Where the first fire started, it's a complete knockdown of the house," said Aberdeen Deputy Fire Chief William Smith. "Actually all three properties are completely knocked down, we're going to have an excavator knock them all down. All three are uninhabitable."

The elderly owner of the home where the fire started was taken to the hospital with a minor injury. No one else was hurt.

All other residents of the homes were able to escape safely.

Firefighters cut the power and gas to the affected homes.

So far, the cause of the blaze has not been released.

Streets in the area had to be shut down as efforts continued to bring the fire under control.

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