On April 22, 2024, Newark Fire Dispatch started receiving multiple calls for a fire on the 500 block of Broadway. Upon arrival, companies reported a 2-1/2 story frame building and an addition housing a bodega on the first floor and apartments above. Heavy fire was reported with possible entrapment and severe exposure problems on both sides. A second alarm was transmitted, followed within minutes by a third as fire extended to both exposures and then spread to a large three-story building with a supermarket on the first floor. Crews continued to try and get the upper hand in all three buildings, but companies reported parts of the roof coming down and Deputy 1 ordered all companies out to start a defensive attack. The main body of fire was knocked down in the original fire building allowing crews to re-enter both structures to begin hitting hot spots and overhauling. The fire took several hours to be placed under control; one firefighter was transported to the hospital and all three buildings were heavily damaged.

– Fire News photos by Peter Danzo