- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - More than 150 people are temporarily homeless after a fast-moving fire tore through a New Jersey apartment building.

The fire at the Gregory Plaza in Passaic broke out shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, shooting out flames and large plumes of thick, black smoke that could be seen from miles away. Dozens of firefighters from nearly 20 fire companies battled the blaze for several hours before it was finally extinguished.

Some residents and firefighters were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, cuts, bruises and other minor injuries.

The cause of the blaze at the five-story building remains under investigation.

Authorities say 162 people were displaced by the fire. Many of those residents were receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

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