Multi Alarm Fire Burns in Union City
60 people were displaced in a 6-alarm fire in Union City on Friday morning.
ABC 7 reports firefighters are covered in icicles as the they try to put out the flames in 9 degree temperatures.
Flames broke out in the basement of a three-story building on 19th Street around around midnight according to NBC 4 New York and spread to other buildings.The fire was brought under control on Friday morning.
The fire is responsible for three minor injuries including a firefighter treated for smoke inhalation according to the Jersey Journal.
The bitter cold has complicated fighting the fire as hydrants and water nozzles freeze reports the television station. Displaced families are being sheltered at a nearby school after leaving their homes in robes and pajamas.
“Very slippery, it’s dangerous conditions,” North Hudson Regional Fire Chief Frank Montagne told ABC 7. “The fire escapes, the ladders, everything we touch freezes. Our microphones, our radios are frozen. That’s the conditions. We know it, we expect it, we prepare for it.”
- Firefighters Battling 5-Alarm Blaze in New Jersey / NBC 4 New York
- Union City fire displaces 60 as ice freezes everything / 7 ABC
- Firefighters spend all night battling 6-alarm blaze in Union City / Jersey Journal