A five-alarm fire in Bayonne displaced 45 people, from 14 different families, and injured two firefighters early Saturday morning.
Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m., a fire was reported at the corner of Avenue C and West 20th Streets at the apartments above the Bayonne Giant laundromat, located at 455, 457 and 549, Avenue C, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis explained on his Facebook page.
The blaze burned on until around 5 a.m. with the fire departments from Jersey City, Hoboken and Kearny, as well as the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, providing assistance, Davis said.
Two Bayonne firefighters were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, one of which who was released today.
The mayor added that Bayonne OEM helped establish a temporary shelter at the Korpi Ice Rink facility on the Bayonne High School Campus to process and take in the displaced families, consisting of 45 people total. The American Red Cross is also assisting in the effort.
Furthermore, Davis said that the laundromat location were the fire took place will have to be demolished to the significant damage it sustained. The area is still currently being cleaned up and pedestrians and drivers alike are advised to avoid 19th and 20th Streets along Avenue C.
“My thanks go out to the firefighters who bravely controlled this situation and extinguished the fire without loss to human life; something that is truly remarkable,” Davis wrote.
“I further thank the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, the Bayonne Police Department, and McCabe Ambulance for their assistance, support, and continued work at the scene and throughout the City during this time.”
Finally, for those looking to help the fire victims, Bayonne OEM recommends donating “small denomination gift cards” to the families. All donations can be dropped off at Davis’ Office of Constituent Services at Bayonne City Hall, 630 Avenue C, Room 9.