Police: 4-alarm fire damages 2 Bayonne homes, displaces 8 people

Video from the city’s Office of Emergency showed a thick, dark gray smoke billowing into the air just after 11 a.m.

Amanda Lee

Sep 21, 2023, 4:40 PM

Updated 302 days ago


A four-alarm fire forced eight people out of their Bayonne homes on Thursday morning.
The fire started in the back of the house at 144 W. Fifth St. and spread to the home next door. The houses are located next to the Bayonne Bridge.
Authorities on the scene say no one was injured. Bayonne police officers and the Bayonne Fire Department safely evacuated some residents.
Edwin Robles lives in one of the homes. He said he left shortly before the fire started and was worried about his daughter who was still inside.
"I left 10 minutes prior to the fire, and when I came back, the fire was there," said Robles. Residents and animals were able to make it out safely and are now being helped by the American Red Cross.
Authorities say one firefighter was treated for minor injuries.
Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver told News 12, "The firefighters did a great job in containing the fire to the two buildings that we found on arrival and containing it to only those two especially due to the close proximity of the other buildings."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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