Fire sparks neighborly response

Neighbors rescue nonambulatory resident from East 22nd Street blaze

Firefighters respond to a blaze on E 22nd St. on Oct. 10, photo by Bayonne OEM.
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Firefighters respond to a blaze on E 22nd St. on Oct. 10, photo by Bayonne OEM.

Many residents were displaced, a firefighter was injured, and neighbors rescued neighbors during a two-alarm blaze, according to the Bayonne Fire Department.

On Oct. 10 at approximately 8:47 a.m., the BFD responded to a fire at 40 East 22nd Street.

Fire companies found a fire on the first floor, extending to the upper floors, and heavy smoke conditions in the building.

Firefighters quickly deployed several hose lines to contain and extinguish the fire, preventing it from spreading to an adjacent address.

Good neighbors

OneΒ resident, who is unable to walk, was removed from the adjacent address by neighbors, prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver commended the “heroic neighbors” who rescued the resident.

“On behalf of the Fire Department, I would like to recognize the neighbors who assisted the nonambulatory resident to safety,” Weaver said. “Their actions prevented the resident from suffering any injuries.”

The resident was transported by McCabe EMS to a local hospital as a precaution.

Firefighter injured and nine residents displaced

The fire was placed under control at approximately 10:23 a.m. Firefighters remained on the scene to conduct extensive overhaul and extinguish hotspots in the walls of the building.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury at the scene and was treated by EMS. Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical malfunction.

Nine people have been temporarily displaced deemed; their units deemed uninhabitable by the building department.

The displaced residents are under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross.

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