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Four-Alarm Fire Injures Six First Responders

Four-Alarm Fire Injures Six First Responders

The Jersey Journal via YellowBrix

June 01, 2010

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A four-alarm fire ripped through two Jersey City buildings yesterday afternoon, displacing eight families and injuring six firefighters, fire officials said.

Called to a six-family building three and a half stories tall at 50 Belmont Ave. at 3:03 p.m., firefighters found that the adjacent two-family house at 48 Belmont Ave. was also engulfed in flames with heavy fire and smoke coming from both buildings, Jersey City Fire Director Armando Roman said.

At least 100 firefighters, including 27 companies, battled the blaze, which was brought under control at 4:50 p.m., Roman said.

Six firefighters were taken to Jersey City Medical Center suffering heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, he said.

One firefighter had to be helped from a burning building because the oxygen tank he was using ran out of air.

“He ran out of air, and in thick black smoke where you can’t see the hand in front of your face, it poses a very dangerous situation,” Roman said. “His brothers helped him and got him to the outside.”

All six firefighters were in good condition yesterday afternoon, Roman said.

There were no civilian injuries reported but both buildings received heavy damage and the occupants could not return home last night, Roman said. The intense heat also melted the siding of a building at 46 Belmont Ave.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation, Roman said.