Bayonne fire chief offers condolences for victims of Bronx, Philly fires, urges taking precautions


Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver is offering his condolences for victims of the recent fatal fires in the Bronx and Philadelphia, urging residents to take precautions when it comes to fire safety.

Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Screenshot via YouTube.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Bayonne Fire Department wants to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to all the families who suffered such tragic loss in New York City and last week in Philadelphia. These fires, once again, reminds us all of the importance of fire safety where we live and work,” Weaver said in a statement.

“The smoke alarm has been the greatest lifesaving invention of the last century. Both smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be in every home and every business. These devices should be in good working order and checked regularly.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said today that 17 people, including eight children, were killed in Bronx high rise fire yesterday and that the door to the apartment where the blaze started did not close properly, allowing thick smoke to spread throughout the building.

In the case of the Philadelphia fire that killed a dozen people on January 5th, a young boy told investigators that a Christmas tree caught fire while he was playing with a lighter.

“Have a plan! Know what to do if you experience a fire. Have at least two means of egress and be sure they are clear and unobstructed. The plan needs to be discussed with all the members of your household,” Weaver continued.

“If you rent, please purchase renter’s insurance. This inexpensive insurance has proven to be an incredible asset to anyone who has suffered a fire loss,” reiterating that the Bayonne FD is praying “for all those touched by these tragedies.”

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