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Much drier aimrass overall leading to no shower activity on Saturday. Sunday looks dry as well. As an upper trough deepens in the eastern U.S. A cold front will move into the area Monday with a few showers possible, convergence along the front looks weak with dynamics limited as well. Much drier air will filter in behind the front with lows in ...


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House fire spreads to neighboring homes

WEST ORANGE- by Haley Bull

A fire that began early Monday morning in one home spread to two others in West Orange causing destruction and damage. None of the eight people inside the homes were injured. First responders alerted neighboring families to the danger.

"Flames. Everywhere, flames, and it was, it was horrible," Julia Perry said. She lives behind the row of burned homes.

First responders knocked on her door. She said she saw her fence lit up orange.

"It was like oh my God. There's a fire. And I run to get dressed and the police officer kept saying, you've got to come out," Perry said.

She took pictures of the flames as she watched the fire burn.

Mary Delano lives across the street. First responders knocked on her door too.

"I saw a house burning," Delano said.

Two houses on Bonnie Ave. in West Orange turned to ash, the third damaged. Investigators said the fire started in the middle house and spread to two adjacent homes.

"We come out on the front porch and look across there and it's just a big blaze blowing. A big blaze blowing," Perry said.

Nothing left but piles of wood and rubble, and the shell of a home.

"It was really frightening because we live in a trailer that's like 45 years old and cinders was just blowing through the air," Perry said.

"It was coming over there and sparks was falling all on my roof and they didn't want it to catch on fire so they were wetting down the side of my house," Delano said. "But other than that we were just all out there waiting to see."

The flames didn't take Delano and Perry's homes. The fire changed their neighbors' lives.

"God's blessed us. God blessed everybody in this neighborhood except for the people who's house is lost," Perry said.

Perry said she is trying to collect donations.

Investigators haven't ruled on the cause of the fire.


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