TRENTON, N.J. (FOX 29) - A 3-alarm fire on Colonial Avenue in Trenton, New Jersey, has left dozens of residents displaced.
The blaze broke out around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Neighbors tell FOX 29 the fire started in an abandoned house on the block and a squatter was inside shortly before it started.
“One of the civilians did say they saw a someone come out, but we don’t know that for certain," Trenton Fire Commissioner Derrick Dawyer said.
Firefighters say the blaze was difficult to fight with freezing conditions and a fire engine malfunction.
FOX 29's Chris O'Connell reports the fire happened less than a year after a fire destroyed five other homes on the same block.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Developing:3 alarm house fire in Trenton displaces 17 people. Happened less than a year after a fire destroyed 5 other homes on same block. Fire officials say a squatter may have started the fire in a vacant house.@FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/PSMyOU8GAa— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) January 16, 2019