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Authorities: Fireworks may have sparked rooming house fire

January 1, 2020 GMT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a northern New Jersey rooming house that displaced more than two dozen residents on Wednesday apparently was sparked by fireworks being shot off outside the building.

The fire at the three-story house on Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth broke out around 4 a.m. and quickly spread through the building, sending heavy flames and thick smoke spewing from the house. No serious injuries were reported in the fire, authorities said, but at least 25 people who lived in the house were displaced by the blaze.

A preliminary investigation found the fire was apparently sparked by fireworks, but it’s not yet known who was setting them off or what type of fireworks were involved.