Reader Mail: Thank You, Hoboken FD!
I heard this incident on the Live Hoboken Police/Fire Scanner, and chalked it up as another (thankfully) false alarm.
However, Hoboken411 reader Mel sheds some light on the details of the incident, and even wants to bake the Fire Department some cookies for a job well done!
“At 3:15am Sunday morning I returned home after a night out at bars. I was mostly sober when I walked into my building. But, upon opening up the building door I smelled smoke (possibly patchouli?). After I entered my premises, I could see a haze from the 14′ ceilings to my shoulders (about 5′) and realized there was a problem. At first I turned on a my vents (both my bathroom and my kitchen) but soon realized I should call the Hoboken Fire Department for help. And that’s what I did… I called the non-emergency police # and explained that I smelled and saw a smoky haze in my apartment and the entire first floor of my building.
Within TWO minutes the fire department responded. I let them in and they searched my apartment (using some sort of “heat sensor” to check for hot spots / fire in my floors/ceiling and walls), and the apartments above me and next to me. After determining that it was probably “down draft” from another fireplace through my flue, they left. This was after an hour of thorough examination.
Both Fire Chief Labruno and all the firemen that responded (about 20+ men) were not only the utmost of professionals but incredibly nice. In fact, Chief Labruno called me an hour after leaving to check on me to make sure that the smoke conditions had improved (he’d told me he would so I was still awake).
I just wanted to say THANKS to the entire department. They’re good men (and women, although everyone that responded to my place was a man). So thanks HFD!”