TRENTON — Gusty winds hampered efforts to put out the flames in two early morning fires in New Jersey.

Seven people were hurt in a multi-alarm fire that started as a brush fire and burned three homes on Mehorter Boulevard in Woodbury early Monday, according to 6 ABC Action News.  All were hospitalized, including one person who jumped from a window to escape, according to the report.

Nine homes were burned by a fire on Weinberg Place in Trenton in a fire that started in one home about 3 a.m. and spread quickly to the adjoining homes. It was brought under control around 7:15 a.m.  More than a dozen residents were evacuated and buses were being requested to take them away from the scene Monday morning.

Three of the homes have collapsed.

Trenton's fire chief says downed power lines initially hampered firefighters from getting near the flames.

Two people were injured. The extent of their injuries is not known.

The American Red Cross said it was assisting the seven people affected by the Trenton fire.

Winds overnight gusted out of the west-northwest at about 30 mph early Monday across New Jersey making it difficult to fight both fires, according to meteorologist Dan Zarrow. "Incredibly dry air and a gusty wind are making for very high fire danger," Zarrow said.

 

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