Seven firefighters received some form of medical treatment, including two that were treated for burns – with 15 families being displaced – as the result of a 5-alarm fire that quickly spread through a Union City building yesterday, officials said.
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Chief Frank Montagne told Hudson County View that seven firefighters needed medical attention after battling the blaze at 616 10th St. – which spread to two neighboring buildings – for about two-and-a-half hours yesterday between roughly 4:49 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Five firefighters from NHRFR were treated for dehydration, with two of those firefighters also treated for first- and second-degree burns, respectively, Montagne said. Those firefighters were treated at Hoboken University Medical Center and have already been released.
Additionally, two Jersey City firefighters were injured when a building railing collapsed, with one of the firefighters back sustaining a “serious” back injury. Montagne added that an update on their condition was not immediately available.
Furthermore, the 15 displaced families, with the exact number of people displaced not currently available, are staying at the Jose Marti Freshman Academy, located at 1800 Summit Ave., a shelter opened by the Red Cross.
Montagne also stated that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.