Video captures massive North Jersey fire; child killed, man hurt

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The six-alarm fire ripped through homes and a church in Union City starting around 1 a.m. Saturday. (WPVI)

A child was killed and a man seriously hurt in an overnight fire in northern New Jersey.

The six-alarm fire ripped through homes and a church in Union City starting around 1 a.m. Saturday.
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Watch RAW VIDEO of firefighters battling the 6-alarm blaze that consumed a church and several homes in Union, N.J.



Video from the scene showed firefighters battling intense heat and smoke as they worked to douse the flames.

Officials say the fire began at a home on Summit Avenue and the wind sent embers to a nearby church, Sts. Joseph and Michael parish at Central Avenue and 14th Street, and surrounding areas.

Consumed by flames, the church steeple collapsed onto the street below. Power lines also were down in the area.



The fire started a block away in two three-story frame houses at Summit Avenue and 14th Street.

Officials say the child who died was in one of those homes.

The fire was placed under control later Saturday morning, but firefighters remained on the scene putting out hot spots.

Police advised motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area.

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