Bayonne 2-alarm blaze leaves 4 people displaced, firefighters rescue pet cat


A two-alarm blaze in Bayonne yesterday left four people displaced with no injuries reported, with firefighters also rescuing a pet cat, Fire Chief Keith Weaver said.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Monday at approximately 10:13 a..m, firefighters were dispatched to 17 West 32nd Street on a report of fire, Weaver said in a statement.

Arriving companies found heavy smoke emanating from the 2nd floor and attic area of the two-and-a-half story, two-family home.

The home is attached to 15 West 32nd Street, and a second alarm was declared. Firefighters used multiple hand lines to extinguish the blaze, which was declared under control at 10:49 a.m.

All occupants of 17 W. and 15 W. 32nd St were safely evacuated with no injuries reported and firefighters were able to rescue a cat from one of the apartments.

Four occupants from the fire building have been temporarily displaced and are under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross. A fire investigation is underway, however, the cause appears to be accidental in nature.

“Once again, our firefighters responded quickly and acted decisively at a fire scene, which kept the main body of fire contained to the area of origin. Their actions also prevented this fire from spreading to the adjacent home, and those residents of 15 West 32nd St are safely back in their homes,” Weaver added.

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