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Blaze on JFK Blvd. leaves two firefighters injured

Fourteen residents were displaced

The displaced residents are under the care of the Red Cross and Bayonne OEM. Photos courtesy of OEM.

Two firefighters were injured and more than a dozen residents were displaced following a massive fire in downtown Bayonne.

Three-alarm blaze

At approximately 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, firefighters from the Bayonne Fire Department were dispatched to 4th Street and JFK Blvd.

Units found heavy fire behind 118 JFK Blvd. As the fire extended to attached addresses at 120 and 122-126, it progressed to three alarms.

Firefighters used multiple handlines to contain the blaze. The fire was brought under control more than an hour later at 10:47 p.m.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Bayonne Medical Center and later released.

Firefighters battle the evening blaze.

Fourteen people have been displaced. They’re currently under the care of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross.

In a statement, Fire Chief Keith Weaver said: “I cannot overstate how the actions of the arriving companies kept this large fire from spreading further into attached structures which comprise nearly an entire city block. Their immediate and professional actions protected homes to the east on 4th Street and south on JFK Blvd. I would also like to thank our mutual aid partners for their assistance.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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