EE Broadway Local 18 Posted December 22, 2009 Share #1 Posted December 22, 2009 "Jersey City Fire In Heights Engulfs Four Houses, Displaces Families, Officials Say" By Ken Thorburn/The Jersey Journal December 20, 2009: 2:07PM "Jersey City blaze in Heights engulfed five buildings, and has displaced several families. Several families have been displaced by a nearly four alarm fire that engulfed four buildings along Beacon Avenue in the Heights section of the city, officials say. Fire officials are calling the blaze the stiffest challenge they have faced all year due to the snow and sub-freezing temperatures they had to operate in. The fire which was called in at 12:38am at 130 Beacon Avenue, eventually spread to involve four houses, 126, 128, 130, and 132 Beacon Avenue, Fire Director Armando Roman said. Three of the buildings are in such bad condition - 128, 130 and 132 - they will have to be torn down, Roman said. Fire companies are still at the scene checking for spot fires here and there, Roman said. The blaze wasn't declared under control until 8am. Several fire victims were back at the fire scene this morning, chipping ice to gain access to their apartments and recover some belonings. One person was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center as a result of the fire. She is an astmatic patient, Roman said. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Jersey City Medical Center and released, he said. Many of these displaced families had to be temporarily sheltered at (Jotham W. Wakeman) School 6 on St. Paul's Avenue (100 St. Paul's Avenue - Central and St. Paul's). Five families - a total of twenty people - were taken in by the American Red Cross. The other families are staying with relatives or friends, Roman said. The fire - which caused the department to call in additional units even after it was bumped up to three alarms - was the most difficult for Jersey City firefighters to handle all year due to the snow and sub-freezing temperatures, Roman said. "Without a doubt, this was one of the biggest ones (fires this year) and without a doubt one of the most difficult to fight because of the inclement weather, Roman said. "It (snow, cold and ice) slows your firefighting capabilities down. It makes for slow movement", he said. "Just walking in that kind of weather without having to perform a firefighting task is difficult. And everything starts freezing up. Any residual water turns to ice." The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Arson investigators are on the scene. EE's Note: I feel for these families, especially at this time of the year. 126, 128, 130 and 132 Beacon Avenue are just west of Central Avenue, just west of BJ's Delicatessen (formerly Joe's Delicatessen) and Joseph Cabala. Beacon runs east-west from Palisade Avenue to the Boulevard with Pinto's Pharmacy and Christ Hospital at Palisades and a Gas Station at The Boulevard. NJT's #87 stops at the corner of Beacon and Central. The next street west is Summit Avenue. St. Paul's Avenue, where Jotham W. Wakeman School P.S. 6 is, is the street south of Beacon. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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