Bayonne resident homeless after fire on 26th Street

Three people were treated by EMS for minor injuries

Firefighters work to extinguish the apartment fire at 30 East 26th Street in Bayonne on Jan. 24.
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Firefighters work to extinguish the apartment fire at 30 East 26th Street in Bayonne on Jan. 24.

A Bayonne resident was left homeless, and three people were injured after a structure fire in an apartment on 26th Street, according to Deputy Fire Chief Bill Bartos.

Bartos said that members of the Bayonne Fire Department (BFD) responded to reports of a structure fire at 30 East 26th street at approximately 7:17 p.m. on Jan. 24.

First responders discovered an active blaze within an apartment on the second floor of the three-story building belonging to the Bayonne Housing Authority.

Firefighters used two hand lines to extinguish the fire, which was confined to the apartment in which the fire originated.

Deputy Chief Bartos noted the quick and professional response of the firefighters, noting that their actions prevented the fire from spreading to adjacent apartments and causing more damage.

According to Bartos, the fire was declared under control at 7:37 p.m., just 20 minutes after BFD’s arrival.

Residents of 30 and 40 East 26th Street were temporarily evacuated from their apartments while firefighters battled the blaze.

There were three minor injuries reported as a result of the apartment fire. Three residents were treated by EMS on the scene, refusing further treatment.

After the blaze was declared under control, the Building Department, along with the Bayonne Housing Authority, deemed the apartment uninhabitable.

Afterward, all other occupants were allowed to return to their apartments. The displaced resident is currently being cared for by the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross.

According to Bartos, the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

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