The Bayonne Fire Department operates during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some minor changes in protocol. Firefighters rescued three residents from an early-evening blaze in the city on May 18. One woman did not survive.
“At 18:16hrs tonight, the Bayonne Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 18 East 16th Street,” Fire Chief Keith Weaver said.
Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke conditions from the two-story wood structure on East 16th Street. According to Weaver, responding units removed two occupants from the burning building. They were both transported to Bayonne Medical Center by McCabe Ambulance.
Firefighters also removed a trapped occupant from the first floor. She was also transported to Bayonne Medical Center for immediate medical attention, according to Weaver.
However, the woman succumbed to her injuries and was confirmed dead at the hospital.
Weaver said the firefighters used several hand lines to extinguish the blaze, which eventually extended to the second floor of the structure. The fire was declared under control at 7:01, approximately 45 minutes later.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the BFD, the Bayonne Police Department, and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
It is not clear if the fire has irreparably damaged the building or displaced the residents.
“Firefighters worked quickly and professionally to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby structure on the dense and narrow block,” Weaver said.
Recently, 45 residents were displaced by a fire on John F. Kennedy Blvd. that left the building condemned. No residents were injured in that fire, and the BFD rescued five cats , one from the Kennedy fire and four from a simultaneous blaze on Broadway.
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