Fire fueled by gas destroys 5 buildings, displaces scores

People watch from the street as firefighters respond to a seven-alarm fire on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 in Dover, N.J. The fast-moving blaze ripped through the business district, destroying multiple businesses and causing the partial collapse of at least four buildings, according to officials. (Danielle Parhizkaran/The Record via AP)

DOVER, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fire fueled by natural gas destroyed five buildings in the downtown business district of a New Jersey town, displacing at least 80 people.

Firefighters remained at the scene in downtown Dover on Tuesday as heavy machinery scooped tons of rubble into trash containers following Monday afternoon’s blaze, which broke out in the basement of a luncheonette.

Mayor James Dodd told reporters Tuesday that 40 people were permanently displaced and 40 others were living in temporary housing. No serious injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation.

Dover is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of New York City.

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