Dozens of firefighters battling 5-alarm blaze at North Bergen furniture store

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Dozens of firefighters are still battling a massive five-alarm fire at Living Room Kennedy Furniture, a North Bergen furniture store, that broke out around 11:30 a.m. according to North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Chief Frank Montagne.

“About 11:30 [a.m.], we had a fire reported on 13th Street [in North Bergen] I was one of the first companies to arrive,” Montagne began during a short media scrum with a few reporters across the street from the fire.

“Upon arrival, we had heavy fire showing through the rear of the building, coming out of two bay doors: fully involved, heavy amount of fire. Immediately we had companies go in and try to put the fire out, extinguish the fire. Within a half hour of the fire, the fire spread throughout the whole building: a 200- by 75-foot building.”

Montagne also described the blaze as “an offensive fire,” defined as a moderate fire, that can be contained by one or two lines, for ventilation and rescuing people.

The fire chief also said that the fire had been upgraded to five alarms, 30 to 40 companies had responded to the scene, one firefighter had been injured and a report of a worker being on the roof when the fire started was being investigated.

No cause of the fire has been named yet during the preliminary investigation, Montagne said.

The Jersey City Fire Department, the North Bergen Police Department, the Union City Police Department, the Jersey City Medical Center and McCabe Ambulance were just a few of the first responders at the scene of the fire.