Engine Company, Firefighting

Fire Destroys Six New Jersey Businesses

Firefighters contended with bitter cold as they battles an intense commercial fire early Thursday in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The fire, which broke out just after 5 a.m., destroyed six businesses, according to a Star-Ledger report (http://bit.ly/1fAzbsi).

The roof that the businesses share collapsed 15 minutes after firefighters arrived, suggesting the fire had been burning for some time. Twelve engine companies and 125 firefighters responded to the fire, which went to five alarms.

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It took about two-and-a-half hours to bring the massive fire under control and two firefighters suffered minor back injuries after slipping on ice.

Read further details and see photos from the scene at http://bit.ly/1fAzbsi.

For more on commercial fire response and similar structures, consider Tactical Fire Objectives for Commercial Occupancies, STRIP MALL FIRES, PART 1, STRIP MALL FIRES, PART 2, and First Due at the Strip Mall .