Early morning fire damages Bayonne building, displaces residents

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BAYONNE — The Bayonne Fire Department responded to a series of small fires early Friday morning, according to a media statement by Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. At 3:30 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a one-alarm fire at 71 West 18th Street, They arrived to find a rubbish and car fire that had extended into a residential building at the address. Firefighters stretched two hose lines to extinguish the exterior fire and the fire inside the building.
By around 3:56 a.m., they had the blaze under control, according the release. Ten residents who lived inside were safely evacuated during the incident. Six residents were displaced because of damage to their apartments; the Red Cross is currently assisting them.
No injuries were reported. However, three additional rubbish blazes, within a three-block radius, were reported during the original one, and quickly extinguished. According to a freelance photographer for The Hudson Reporter who lives in the area, the original fire damaged a Lexus and a Honda. The cause of all four fires remains under investigation.

Photo by Victor M. Rodriguez