(Bayonne, NJ) – Mayor Jimmy Davis issued the following statement in the wake of a 5 alarm fire that occurred between 33rd and 34th Streets on Broadway in Bayonne:
“At around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th I received reports of a fire breaking out between 33rd and 34th Streets on Broadway. Within a matter of minutes, conditions deteriorated prompting the call that the fire be declared 3rd and then 4th alarm. Upon arriving at the scene, I witnessed Bayonne firefighters and fire command battling what would ultimately rise to the level of a 5-alarm blaze.
Conditions were fierce. Heavy winds fueled the intense fire conditions that leapt through the roof of 745 Broadway from all directions. After hours of strategic maneuvering, firefighters were able to get conditions under control. Damage was largely limited to three main structures; an incredible feat considering the severity of wind and weather conditions could have easily spread the fire further, putting an entire city block in peril.
While damage was done and individuals have been displaced, it is a blessing that no major injuries resulted. Fire Chief Greg Rogers and Deputy Fire Chief Keith Weaver are to be commended for the tremendous job they did in managing and commanding the active scene. An unending debt of gratitude is owed to the firefighters and officers of the Bayonne Fire Department who fearlessly battled the flames and adverse weather conditions to get the job done.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the seven other fire departments that assisted in extinguishing this blaze: North Hudson Regional, Jersey City, Kearny, Hoboken, Bloomfield, Montclair, and West Orange. The membership and command staff of these departments not only assisted at the active scene, but also stationed themselves at our firehouses to cover the City in the event of a secondary incident, ensuring the safety of all Bayonne residents and businesses.”