UPDATED: Hoboken firefighters battle stubborn apartment blaze in frigid weather


Hoboken spokesman Juan Melli says 14 firefighters were injured battling the Washington Street fire, which was deemed under control by 2 a.m.


Hoboken firefighters battled a stubborn fire that appeared to have begun at the top floor of a four-story apartment complex at 505 Washington St., dealing with frigid temperatures and strong winds as the blaze burned.

When Hudson County View arrived on the scene at approximately midnight today, the fire was still burning fiercely as Hoboken firefighters aggressively doused the flames with fire hoses.

Hoboken police officers on the scene estimated that the fire started at about 10:30 p.m. last night, with other officials on stating that the cause of the fire was initially unknown.

Enduring temperatures feeling as low as -10 to -15 degrees with the wind chill factor, according to the National Weather Service, Hoboken firefighters spent at least two hours trying to get the inferno under control.

By 12:30 a.m., the fire had been extinguished significantly, but hot spots remained.

It was also not immediately clear how many residents were displaced as a result of the incident.

The Jersey City Fire Department, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management, NJ Transit Police and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, among others, all responded to the fire.

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  1. Thank you, Mr. Heinis, for even mentioning the cause of the fire. Every other article brushes past that. While I am very grateful to to firefighters and the fact that lives were not lost, it is equally important to know that cause and educate the community on precautions to take in cold weather .