‘Suspicious’ fire damages 4 homes, injures 2 police officers

November 13, 2019 GMT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a suspicious fire destroyed a New Jersey home and spread to three others, displacing 15 people overall.

The fire in Jersey City broke out around 4:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Police soon arrived at the scene but couldn’t enter the burning home due to heavy smoke. The flames soon spread to some nearby residences, but all the fires were brought under control a short time later.

No residents were injured in the fires. But two police officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities say it apparently started in the first home’s basement and appears to be suspicious, but they declined further comment.