400 Madison St. Fire Update
Residents expected to be displaced for a year or more
Hoboken411 reader Ross, is (was) a first-floor tenant of the building at 400 Madison Street which experienced a devastating fire in the early hours on Sunday Morning. He provided some aftermath photos and details of the incident below:
- The fire started at around 1:30 am in one of the 4th floor (top floor) units towards the back of the building. According to that unit’s tenant, fire was coming out of the south wall, and when they tried to contain it using some water, they noticed sparks flying. So it seems like this was an electrical fire, but the HFD has not yet finished its investigation and confirmed the cause.
- The building has been deemed structurally unstable due to an immense amount of water damage. The HFD was able to contain the fire to the top floor of the, but they used a lot of water in the battle. They also severed a few pipes when cutting into the walls and ceilings to check for flames and the water was not shut off by PSEG for at least a day. Some of the walls of neighboring 402 Madison building were also cut to check if the fire had spread. In addition, some of the top floor windows along the South wall were kicked out by the HFD. One of the window frames landed on my car which caused some body damage and a shattered windshield. Most people believe it will take at least a year to clean up and repair the building.
- There were 7 units in the building. Most of the units were 2+ bedrooms. I am unsure about how many people were living there exactly, but there were likely around a dozen people displaced. At least one tenant was planning to move out anyway. Not everyone was home when the fire started. Several people arrived to the scene after the fire had been contained. At least one person was treated for smoke inhalation, but no one was seriously injured or killed.
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HFD Spends Saturday Night Extinguishing Fire
Hoboken411 reader David sent these photos in of the fire on 4th Street early this morning (Shortly after 1am).