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Massive New Jersey leaves 50 homeless

Police officer, family of three among those injured in five-alarm blaze

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. | June 3, 2012

Two people were missing Sunday after a massive fire in New Jersey that left 50 people homeless, firefighters in Perth Amboy said.

At least four buildings were consumed by the overnight blaze, including one occupied by a father and son who remained unaccounted for, WNBC-TV said.

WCBS-TV, New York, said a police officer and a family of three were among those injured in the five-alarm blaze.

The Salvation Army was assisting the dazed residents in finding new accommodations, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger said.

The cause of the fire was unknown, but officials said the flames were particularly intense and quickly ignited nearby trees and wooden utility poles. "I couldn't stand across the street and look at the building, that's how intense the fire was," said Fire Chief David Volk.

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