Jersey City firefighters battled two multi-alarm blazes, one on the south side and one downtown, on Monday, leaving at least 20 people displaced, an official said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Jersey City Fire Department responded to 15 Manning Ave.
Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy fire involving the entire duplex. Firefighters helped evacuate all occupants and the fire building was completely destroyed, said city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.
The fire was contained to the one building and one civilian was injured when he jumped from the second floor onto a van parked in the driveway. He was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center to be treated for burns on his hands and face.
The American Red Cross assisted 15 people, 12 adults and three children, who were impacted by the blaze and the cause remains under investigation, Wallace-Scalcione noted.
Shortly after 10 p.m., a fire then broke out at a four-story building located at 155 Grand St.
A second alarm was transmitted due to heavy fire in the cockloft and extension into the Bravo exposure and the fire was quickly brought under control.
There was heavy fire damage to the building and heavy water damage throughout the structure. Firefighters were able to keep the fire damage to the original fire building with mostly smoke and water damage to 153 Grand St., according to Wallace-Scalcione.
The American Red Cross was called to assist five adults who lived at 155 Grand St., along with an undisclosed number of residents from 153 Grand St.