Seven Jersey City firefighters were injured by a power line that fell while battling a five-alarm blaze early this morning, ABC7 Eyewitness News reported.
“There was a heavy volume of fire in the alleyway between the two buildings. It burned off the electrical service and that connected to the utility pole. That came down, it was energized, and it energized the ladder truck,” Fire Chief Steven McGill told the TV channel.
“Which impeded our operations because now that was out of the game, we couldn’t put an aerial [ladder] up to the building, we had to use ground ladders.
The blaze started at 10 Irving St. around 3 a.m. this morning, left seven firefighters injured, and 18 residents displaced, according to the report.
City officials did not immediately return requests for comment Wednesday morning.