Five alarms were transmitted for a fast-moving fire that destroyed one home and heavily damaged two other homes in Kearny. The Kearny Fire Department responded at 0900 for 911 calls reporting a house fire on Elm Street. KPD units arrived and evacuated the fire building as well as the exposures. Heavy fire was showing from the original fire building and had already spread into both the B and D exposures, similar 2-1/2 story frame dwellings separated by alleys. A second alarm was immediately requested by command, bringing mutual aid to the scene. Companies worked hard in oppressive humidity to keep the fire from spreading to additional homes. A total of five alarms was transmitted bringing companies from throughout Hudson County, as well as Bergen and Essex counties, to the scene and for cover. Two firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital, the elderly occupant of the home was transported to the burn unit in unknown condition. The fire was placed under control at 1216, however, companies remained on the scene for several more hours. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Kearny Fire Investigation Unit with assistance from the NJ Division of Fire Safety.
– Fire News photos by Peter Danzo and Michael Saggau, Jr.