NEWARK, N.J. — Firefighters in Newark are trying to determine what caused a wind-whipped fire that destroyed five buildings on both sides of a street.

The fire broke out in a vacant structure early Friday morning in the area of 9th Avenue and South 14th Street and spread to two adjacent structures. Gusty winds carried the flames to two buildings across the street.

Flames also ignited power lines and parked cars.

It took hours before the blaze was brought under control and when firefighters were finished, the buildings were encased in ice.

Officials are assisting displaced residents.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Firefighters also had to battle two other blazes in bitter cold weather in the city.

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