Firehouse in Jersey City vandalized while firefighters out on job battling fire

Police are looking for the person responsible for breaking into a Jersey City firehouse and stealing from firefighters while they were out on the job.

It happened late Thursday night at the firehouse on Ocean Avenue.

Engine 22/Tower Ladder Company Four were battling a fire on Cator Avenue.

A 16-year-old boy was trapped on the third floor with fire shooting up from the second floor of a building. News 12 New Jersey is told the crew rescued the person without protection of a hose line.

The survivor was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

At the same time, 12 blocks away, someone came through the window at the firehouse and stole electronic equipment, including laptops and wallets full of cash, credit cards and IDs.

The deputy fire chief called the incident shameful.

"It's just ironic that this company goes out and does a great public service to the community and to find that they have their own company quarters broken into is very disheartening for them knowing that they serve the community," says Deputy Chief Wayne McCarthy.

McCarthy went on to say the firefighters were very upset when they returned to find their personal items gone.

"I believe there was a laptop, some tablets, and several wallets with credit cards," says Darren Rivers with the Jersey City Fire Department.

"The loss of money, credit cards, tablets, means nothing, those items can be replaced but what's most important is that we were able to pull that young man to safety," says a firefighter.

There are not any cameras in the firehouse. The chief says measures will be taken to improve security at this and every firehouse in town.

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