At least 2 civilians & 2 firefighters injured in Jersey City blaze, 14 residents displaced


At least two civilians and two firefighters were injured in an early morning Jersey City blaze that also displaced at least 14 residents, an official said.

This morning at approximately 4:31 a.m., the Jersey City Fire Department responded to a report of a working fire in two structures, according to city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed the fire involving two-story structures, located at 752-754 Garfield Ave., as well as a fully involved three-foot alley.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they went into the residential buildings, where many of the residents were sleeping at the time the fire started, and helped bring them outside to safety, Wallace-Scalcione said.

Two civilians were taken to a local hospital, one man for smoke inhalation and minor burns and one woman for smoke inhalation. Additionally, two firefighters were also transported to the hospital: one for burns to the face and one for a back injury, she added.

The American Red Cross was called to assist 14 civilians with relocation and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office tweeted about a half an hour ago that their arson task force is investigating the matter and that one woman suffered serious injuries.

“The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force is investigating a fire at 752 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City in which one female suffered serious injuries,” they wrote.

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