Bayonne firefighters battle 3-alarm blaze for 6 hours, no injuries reported


Bayonne firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze for six hours early Wednesday morning, with no injuries reported, Fire Chief Keith Weaver said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At 12:39 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13th, Bayonne firefighters were dispatched to 79 West 42nd Street on a report of fire. Arriving companies found a heavy smoke and fire condition coming from the attic area of the 2 1/2 story home, Weaver said.

Firefighters attempted to make an interior attack on the fire, however, due to heavy fire conditions and a report of large amounts of ammunition in the attic, members were pulled out to fight the blaze in a defensive posture.

Companies used multiple hand lines and a tower ladder to fight the fire, which expanded to three alarms. The fire was placed under control at 6:27 a.m.

All occupants of the home were safely evacuated, as were residents of nearby homes. No injuries were reported. All occupants of 79 W 42nd have been displaced and are under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross.

A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause.

“Our firefighters did an excellent job in containing this stubborn fire to the home of origin. Adjacent homes are within a few feet of this house, and a persistent attack kept the flames in check. I also want to thank our mutual aid partners for their assistance,” Weaver added.

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