Bayonne raising funds for family with young, autistic son who lost home in 2-alarm fire


The City of Bayonne is raising funds for a family with a young, autistic son who lost his home in a two-alarm fire, Mayor Jimmy Davis said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On Tuesday, a fire destroyed the apartment of one of our neighbors. A family with a young autistic son are now looking to rebuild their lives,” Davis posted on his social media pages this afternoon.

“I am asking for everyone to say a prayer for this young family, and if you have the ability, to please donate a gift card (any type/any denomination) to help them. You can drop the gift cards to me at my office. Bayonne always steps up!”

According to Fire Chief Keith Weaver, firefighters responded to a blaze at 700 John F. Kennedy Blvd. around 8:08 p.m. they found heavy fire coming from first floor windows in the multi-unit, three-story apartment building, he said in a statement.

Companies used multiple hand lines to help extinguish the fire which was declared under control at 8:36 p.m.

One firefighter was injured, taken to the St. Barnabas hospital burn unit for treatment, and released. A tenant in an upper floor apartment was also transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

He also noted a family of three, the family Davis had referenced, was displaced and were under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross. Additionally, a fire investigation is underway to determine the cause.

“Our firefighters did an outstanding job of containing this blaze. Their quick and decisive actions kept this fire contained to the originating apartment and allowed all other occupants to return home tonight,” Weaver added.

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