Fire at 515 Newark Street
Old Rey Foods building fire; squatter discovered
This morning around 10:30am, a fire broke out in first floor of the empty building at 511-521 Newark Street. This is the old Rey Foods building, and owned by former Fire Chief John Cassessa, and plans were in the works to build a high-rise condo tower last year.
Residents of the Skyline Condo opposed the plan, because “it would block their view.”
As the fire was being extinguished, Hoboken Fire Dept. discovered that a homeless squatter was living in the building on the 2nd floor, and “had quite the setup” inside. No one was in the building during the fire. However, Hoboken Police found a man “hiding behind crates” in an adjacent building, and are tending to him now.
The fire was relatively small, and put out in about 15 minutes.