Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bayonne Fire Department continues to save lives, including the lives of some feline friends. Firefighters managed to save four kittens from a fire and extinguish the inferno on May 14, while simultaneously responding to another fire.
“At 1250 hours today, the Bayonne Fire Department responded to 482 Kennedy Blvd. for a reported fire,” Fire Chief Keith Weaver said. “Arriving fire companies found a heavy fire and smoke condition on the second floor of the building with the fire extending to the third floor and roof area.”
As firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, the fire progressed to a four-alarm fire, meaning it had to be fought using outside hose streams due to the heavy fire conditions. Fire companies were able to contain the fire to the original building and prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.
The fire was placed under control at 3:54 p.m., nearly three hours after first responders arrived on the scene. Only one civilian suffered a minor injury at the scene and was transported to Bayonne Medical Center and released. No other injuries were reported.
However, 45 residents are displaced due to the fire and are now under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross. Fire companies remained on the scene to extinguish hidden pockets of fire in the building after the initial blaze was deemed under control.
The building suffered heavy fire damage and will be demolished, according to Weaver. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, the Bayonne Police, and the Bayonne Fire Department.
Quartet of kittens saved!
Meanwhile, back at the shed, a one-alarm fire was burning at 218 Broadway. An attached shed to a one-story main structure caught fire but was quickly extinguished, Weaver said. No injuries were sustained, and the responding units made some fuzzy friends.
Firefighters rescued four kittens from the shed. According to Weaver, the kittens were placed in the care of Liberty Humane Society.
A fifth cat was rescued from the blaze on Kennedy the next day and reunited with the family.
“I would like to commend all of the firefighters operating at the scene of the four-alarm fire for their hard work in containing the fire to the original fire building,” Weaver said. “I would like to also thank all of the responding agencies and our mutual aid partners, the Jersey City Fire Department, Kearny Fire Department, and the North Hudson Regional Fire Department, for their support and assistance.”
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