On April 9, 2018, the Edgewater Fire Department responded to Old River Road for a fire. Companies were met with heavy fire on the first-floor rear of the large ordinary constructed building which housed an auto repair shop and a dance studio on the second floor. Prior to the arrival of the fire department several police officers and civilians rescued several women and children who were trapped on the second floor via ladder with some even jumping into the arms of the rescuers as heavy fire vented behind them. A second alarm was requested by the first arriving units as well as an urgent request for numerous ambulances due to an unknown number of injuries. A third alarm followed. Numerous handlines were stretched into the building with heavy fire showing from both floors in the rear and companies reporting a large brush/woods fire in the rear extending up the cliff toward apartment buildings on Gorge Road in Cliffside Park. All CPFD units not committed to the original fire were directed to respond to Gorge Road and to protect the exposures. Interior crews reported a gas-fed fire in the kitchen area and other crews reported heavy fire in the cockloft, at which time command ordered an evacuation and requested the gas company to respond with a rush. Four ladder pipes and numerous outside handlines were put into operation on the stubborn fire. Ten to 15 injuries were reported, all non-life threatening.
– Fire News photo by Peter Danzo