IRVINGTON, N.J. -- A massive fire burned down three homes in Irvington this morning, forcing firefighters to rescue five residents and leaving others homeless.
The fire reportedly broke out in a home on Ellis Avenue at around midnight and quickly jumped to two others. When firefighters arrived, they found the homes fully involved in flames.
"We had reports of people trapped. We pulled out five people," Irvington Deputy Fire Chief Brian Muehe said.
Fire officials say the five residents, including one girl, were rescued and rushed to Newark hospitals.
Three were at University Hospital in Newark and two others were at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.
Eyewitness News is told more than 150 firefighters battled the blaze for hours, continuing to fight the hot spots as the sun rose.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Republished with permission of WABC-TV.