There were thankfully no injuries reported in an early morning Secaucus blaze that destroyed a Koelle Boulevard home early this morning, officials said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
According to friends and neighbors, the fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. and no one was in inside once the house, located near the corner of Koelle Avenue and Huber Street, went up in flames.
“Secaucus fire department house fire early this morning! Great job guys!,” Mayor Michael Gonnelli wrote on Facebook.
Police Chief Dennis Miller said a neighbor called the fire in at about 2:40 a.m. and Lyndhurst, Jersey City, and Rutherford Fire Departments provided mutual aid during the blaze.
The fire was deemed under control shortly after 5 a.m. and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the chief stated.
“We are maintaining this as an unsafe structure at this time,” Miller said, noting that the building department is yet to make a final determination on whether the building will need to come down or not.
A GoFundMe page started this morning identifies those residing in the home as the Corral family, and while they were able to escape safely, all of their possessions are gone.
“On May 14th, the Corral family home was consumed by a devastating fire. While Marilyn , Obal, Sophia and Ayden were able to escape safely (with minor smoke inhalation), all of their belongings and personal possessions were destroyed,” the page description says.
“My cousins are amazing people and parents. We are raising funds on there behalf, to help fund the purchase of clothing, shoes, furniture, bedding, linens, kitchen ware, etc for them.”
While the fundraising effort began just a few hours ago, they have already raised $11,999 towards their $20,000 goal as of 12:45 p.m.
Additionally, a second GoFundMe page has been started for the Garcia Hernandez family, the other tenants in the building.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from Police Chief Dennis Miller.