Big Fire in Union City

4/22/2010 Update:

Wind didn’t help Union City Fire

This video was shot by a Jersey City cop who had close access to the blazing inferno in Union City last weekend…

See other photos and video after the break…

4/18/2010 Update:

Big damage, explosions in Union City

Some great great photos submitted by Matt (and a couple from Olga) – and a video of one of the explosions from Jim. Crazy stuff!

Matt got some details from responders on scene:

“Apparently this started in the back of the main fire building which later collapsed, near the 3 car garage, spread to the Rider truck (far left of the burnt cars) , which exploded, and all the cars down the line exploded eventually as well. Only two building were involved. It caught onto that building from the back and because of the high winds today, went right up the back of the building and quickly engulfed it. One of the owners of a car that was burnt said there was an illegal basement apartment in that building and three people died… but I did not see anyone taken out and none of the firefighters mentioned this, so that may just be bull. Will have to wait to hear more on the news later… but they get stuff wrong all the time too, so who knows!”

4/18/2010:

Massive black cloud!

In case you’re wondering what that giant plume of black smoke is – there’s a raging fire in Jersey City Heights / Union City a few blocks north of the viaduct.

Here are some pictures from different vantage points in Hoboken. Thanks Jason, Femi, Pete, Alex, Raymond and Rena for the shots!

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13 Comments on "Big Fire in Union City"

truth1
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truth1

Hoboken (which is in Hud.County) has similar congested sturcture arrangement.

Jimmy278
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Jimmy278

My family and I used to live in one of the buildings until I was about 6 years old. My grandma, grandpa, uncle, mom, and aunt came from Peru and lived there. I regret not visiting the place where I onced lived. I will never forget that house.

shadowsjc
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shadowsjc

glad no one was hurt, but i wonder if this will be labeled a ‘suspicious’ fire, or if the union city government will just look the other way because some wheels got greased. consider:

– row of older tenement style houses
– likely many lower income families / section 8 housing
– likely low rents being received
– desirable block with views of nyc

what are the chances these get torn down and rebuilt as luxury condos or rentals sometime in the next few years?

proh57
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proh57

Kudos to Hoboken’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps for sending ambulances, personnel and support apparatus in to assist Union City. Good to know that the concept of neighbors helping neighbors is still alive and well!!

truth1
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truth1

Without specifics, this appears to be in attached, congested structures which are prevalent in Hudson County and conducive to fire spread. There are none or little fire breaks between buildings. Hope that all are safe and that our firefighters do their job without injury.

blahblahblah
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blahblahblah

do even realize how many of those similiar buildings are in hoboken….an entire block can go in minutes….

In response to truth1 who said:
Without specifics, this appears to be in attached, congested structures which are prevalent in Hudson County and conducive to fire spread. There are none or little fire breaks between buildings. Hope that all are safe and that our firefighters do their job without injury.

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