Newark Airport Parking Garage Fire Damages Numerous Vehicles

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(WABC-TV via AP)

A parking garage fire at Newark Liberty International Airport that damaged more than a dozen vehicles.

Authorities say the fire began at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday on the rooftop of the garage for the airport’s Terminal C. Seventeen cars were damaged. The fire sent flames and heavy black smoke spewing into the air. No injuries were reported.

The fire was extinguished by 9:30 a.m.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, says other airport operations weren’t affected.

The Terminal C garage remained closed late Thursday morning.

The Newark fire department is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Meanwhile, firefighters around New York state have been grappling with brutal cold during big blazes.

About a dozen fire departments were called to an apartment building in the Ontario County community of East Bloomfield early Thursday. The wind chill was below zero and high winds caused the fire to spread quickly.

In Brooklyn, fire raged through a commercial building at 4 a.m. About 200 firefighters took turns battling intense flames and getting warm on buses. Water froze when it hit the ground. Thick smoke filled the neighborhood.

The weather wreaked havoc in other ways.

Most school districts around western New York remained closed on Thursday.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a 21-vehicle pileup on the New York State Thruway between Buffalo and Rochester.

Updated Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 3:28 pm .