A single-family home was badly damaged on the afternoon of March 22nd after a fire tore through building, killing several pets. North Hudson Regional fire companies, which cover this township, were dispatched to 3807 Bergen Tpke. Shortly after 4 pm. Fire Control alerted responding units that they were receiving numerous phone calls. Second Battalion Chief Dan Giacumbo reported smoke visible from several blocks away.
Upon arrival, first-due units found heavy fire venting from an enclosed front porch area of a 1 ½ story irregular shaped wood-frame dwelling. Two residents with soot covered faces were concerned about animals in the building.
Several handlines were placed into operation and truck companies began to vent as Deputy Chief Eric Inauen arrived and transmitted a second-alarm. Excess furniture hampered firefighter’s movements inside the structure. The two occupants were treated for smoke inhalation and burns, according to co-Fire Director Jeff Welz. One firefighter was also taken to a local hospital. Firefighters found two dead cats and a dog inside the structure after the heavy fire was knocked down.
As this fire was being contained, other North Hudson units were dispatched to a reported fire at a technical high school at 83rd Street and Tonnelle Avenue, in North Bergen. Third Battalion Chief Ronald Tompkins reported heavy smoke on arrival coming from the rear of the occupied school and transmitted a second-alarm. The fire was located in a dumpster near the loading dock which was extending to the structure. All of the occupants of the school were evacuated safely.
“There was a very heavy smoke condition,” said co Fire Director Mike DeOrio. The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes, DeOrio said. Fire companies from Jersey City responded to the school fire to fill out the second alarm assignment, as North Hudson companies were kept busy answering other alarms in the region.