On December 21, 2016, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue responded for reports of a building fire on Kennedy Boulevard in Kennedy Furniture, a two-story brick. A second alarm was requested on arrival for heavy fire in the rear of the building and heavy smoke pushing from the rest of the building with a third alarm requested less than 10 minutes later. As engine companies stretched large handlines, the trucks went to the roof to ventilate, however conditions rapidly deteriorated forcing the members to quickly retreat off the roof and a fourth alarm was requested. L-1 which was set up in front of the building suffered damage to its paint and warning lights as well as broken windows when heavy fire blew out the front showroom windows forcing the ladder to be quickly taken down and the truck moved before it was lost. A tower ladder, a squrt, a deck gun and numerous handlines were put into operation as the building became well involved. Fifty minutes into the fire, several major collapses occurred in the front of the building as well as the roof and, as the fire extended into exposure B, a fifth alarm was requested. All heavy fire was finally knocked down, however pockets of fire continued to burn under collapsed sections of the roof and in the debris. The building was a total loss, but no injuries were reported to firefighters or any of the employees and customers. Mutual aid came from Jersey City, Hoboken and Kearny. The cause of the fire was believed to be workers using torches on the roof.
– Fire News photos by Peter Danzo and Mark Rosetti