53 West New York residents were displaced from their homes Wednesday morning after a three-alarm fire tore through a residential building.
By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View
The three-alarm fire began at around 9 a.m. on 54th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Polk Street. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“We called a third alarm immediately because there was a significant amount of fire. The smoke was 100 feet in the air,” according to North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Chief Frank Montagne.
He added that none of the occupants of the building were injured, however, two firefighters sustained minor injuries from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, he said.
The building where the fire started was a multi-family apartment and the blaze then spread to adjacent buildings. Despite less than ideal conditions, firefighters had the blaze under control within the hour, the chief noted.
It is unclear how many residents have been displaced at this time, though Montagne said this morning that at least six people were impacted by the fire.
Additionally, West New York Police Lt. Erwin Moreno said that the Red Cross is on the scene assisting those in need.
At 5:22 p.m., town spokesman JP Escobar said that three police officers, Deputy Chief De Rojas, Captain Frank Steffe, and Lieutenant Marcos Garciga, helped evacuate the burning building – which spread to two neighboring homes.
“At this time, 53 people have been displaced from their homes. They were temporarily transported to the West New York Middle school, waiting to be transported to a hotel,” Escobar said, not that the town office of emergency management was also providing aid.
According to public records, Luis Morales, a NHRFR captain, was the owner of the home that caught fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation at this time.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.