Bayonne firefighters extinguish blaze in 20 minutes

Chief Keith Weaver said no injuries occurred and that the fire was accidental

The Bayonne Fire Department made quick work of the blaze.
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The Bayonne Fire Department made quick work of the blaze.

On May 30, the Bayonne Fire Department handled a small fire in less than a half an hour.

Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver’s said the one-alarm fire was dealt with quickly in the early morning on Kelly Parkway.

“At 5:01 a.m. today, firefighters were dispatched to 41-43 Kelly Parkway for a reported fire,” Chief Weaver said. “Arriving crews found smoke and fire coming from a first-floor apartment in the four-story apartment building.”

Firefighters used one handline to extinguish the fire, according to Chief Weaver. He noted that the fire was ultimately contained to the kitchen area of the apartment.

Residents are safe

Two residents were safely evacuated by fire personnel, Weaver said. Once in safety, they refused medical attention.

The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes of first responders arriving on scene.

A fire investigation determined that the blaze was accidental in nature, according to Chief Weaver. The occupant of the fire apartment was allowed to return after the Bayonne Building Department deemed only minor repairs needed to be made.

“Once again, our firefighters acted quickly and professionally to keep this fire from spreading into the neighboring apartments and kept damage to a minimum,” Chief Weaver continued.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bayonne Fire Department continues to operate per usual, although with new protocol changes to curtail the spread of the virus.

“Let’s make every effort to prevent fires during crisis,” Chief Weaver said in a COVID-19 video update in May, acknowledging that a property damaged in a multiple alarm fire faces costs of up to $500,000 at the minimum, not to mention the human toll on families and children.

Displaced residents’ stress would be compounded during these uncertain times, according to Chief Weaver. Residents are advised to always have smoke alarms in their residence, as well as two routes of escape.

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