Hackensack Fire Department’s 2nd Platoon was dispatched to a four-story structure on Prospect Avenue. On arrival a fire was located in apartment B5 with heavy smoke throughout the building and occupants on the fire escapes. A second alarm was transmitted. As companies stretched lines and searches were underway other members helped remove occupants from the fire escapes. Two young children were dropped down into the arms of firefighters. This was all performed by the first-alarm companies consisting of 18 members including the tour commander. Interior crews reported fire in the hallway and stairwell extending to the third floor at which time command transmitted a third alarm. An Englewood truck, normally assigned on the working fire, was involved in a serious MVA while responding, so Hasbrouck Heights was requested. Mutual aid came from Teaneck, Bogota, Ridgefield Park, Maywood and Hasbrouck Heights.
– Fire News photo by Peter Danzo