3-alarm Bayonne blaze injures 2 firefighters, 13 people displaced, and 2 cats rescued


A three-alarm Bayonne blaze injured two firefighters, left 13 people displaced, and required two cats being rescued, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, the Bayonne Fire Department was dispatched to a report of fire at 126 West 27th Street. Arriving units found heavy fire conditions at the address with the fire extending to both adjacent buildings, Weaver said in a statement late last night.

Firefighters used multiple hand lines within both structures. The fire progressed to three
alarms and was brought under control an hour later.

Two firefighters suffered injuries during the blaze and were transported to local medical centers by McCabe Ambulance, treated, and released. One occupant was treated by McCabe at the scene and required no further medical attention.

Firefighters also rescued two cats from 124 West 27th Street, with one cat suffering from smoke inhalation. The cat was given oxygen by McCabe EMS and released to the owner.

The Bayonne Building Department responded and deemed both structures uninhabitable and a total of 13 displaced occupants from both buildings are under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey Red Cross.

The fire is under investigation and does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

“The quick action of our firefighters, along with our mutual aid partners from the Jersey City Fire Department, stopped a large and aggressive fire from extending to nearby structures that were just feet apart,” Weaver added.

“Their training and experience proved to be decisive in controlling this blaze quickly. I want to thank our firefighters for a job well done and also thank JCFD, McCabe EMS, Bayonne PD, and the Bayonne Fire Canteen for their assistance [yesterday].”

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