A massive four-alarm fire destroyed several buildings in a large industrial complex in Elizabeth on the morning of January 5, 2024.  The site is comprised of multiple buildings, some dating back to the mid-1800s, and was the former site of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. On arrival, companies encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the large interconnected buildings. Access to the building was limited due to the location in the complex and long supply lines were needed.  With severe exposure issues, heavy fire and additional water supplies needed, aid came from the North Jersey Fire Boat Task Force and the FDNY. Over 100 firefighters from Union County responded to the scene and fire boats from surrounding cities were on hand for mutual aid. The Union County HazMat Team responded and conducted air monitoring. Three buildings were destroyed and two others damaged. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries due to a slip and fall. More than 12 hours after the initial alarm, companies were still fighting deep seated fires within the rubble.

– Fire News photos by Pete Danzo