Ignitable material from former tenant allegedly started latest Chambord fire

Hoboken firefighters responded to an active fire at the site last night

The Chambord site, seen here in an April 2022 photo, had another fire last night. Photo by Mark Koosau.

Firefighters were called to respond to another fire that ignited again at the Chambord site in southwest Hoboken on Sept. 26, and had allegedly started from ignitable material from a former tenant, according to people overseeing the site’s redevelopment.

The Hoboken Fire Department was alerted to a two-alarm fire at 38 Jackson St. at around 9:49 p.m. on Monday night, according to Fire Marshall Stephen DiVincent. The fire was extinguished at around 10:30 p.m. and the scene was cleared at around 1 a.m.. No firefighters were injured.

The city had said in a Nixle alert at 10:14 p.m. to avoid the area due to an active fire at the time.

It’s the third fire that has ignited at the site within the span of a year. Last December, a fatal fire occurred that killed two people and displaced a number of small businesses located there. A second flare up occurred two days later. Investigators ultimately ruled the fire as an accident.

The Chambord site has been under a demolition process since Sept. 6, as redevelopers of the site, led by representatives from the Taurasi Group, gained approvals to partially demolish and renovate the block into a mixed-use residential site.

Gary Mezzatesta, the managing partner of the redevelopers of the site and also from the Taurasi Group, told the Hudson Reporter the morning after the fire that the fire department believe that ignitable material from a former tobacco tenant was what started the fire.

Nick Petruzzell, who is overseeing construction and is also of the Taurasi Group, later said that while a demolition company was using a bobcat to move and pile up debris from the original fire yesterday, some of the debris that was “volatile” had supposedly started to smolder and create “tons” of smoke.

“It would have eventually, probably caught fire if there was anything there together that could burn,” he said. “But by that time, the fire department got there and doused it and and kept it from becoming a fire.”

DiVincent said that the cause of the fire is under investigation under his jurisdiction.

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