Smoke conditions near PATH

7/2/2007:

Freelance photographer Ray Perfetti was near the scene last night and sent these great pictures in to share with the readers.

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hoboken-warehouse-fire-path-july-1-2007-3.jpg7/1/2007:
11:48pm Update:

Progress from the fire. HFD is “cautiously optimistic” that they’ve contained the fire due to the compartmentalized nature of the building. They’re continuing with water from the hydraulic ladder.

11:44pm Update:

2nd Alarm. Port Authority has notified HFD “not to enter the building”. High-voltage inside and multiple dangerous shafts. They are to attack the fire from the exterior only.

PATH service has been suspended.

11:15pm:
In the area near 54 Hudson Place, it was reported that there was a “large odor of smoke”. It’s apparently coming from that building across the street from Hobson’s.

Listening to the live police scanner, I learned something about that building. It’s apparently a large warehouse type of facility that is used (or was used) to service the PATH trains. There’s a large elevator shaft in there that can lift the PATH trains off the tracks for repairs, etc.

Apparently there were some “squatters” in there, and may have caused a fire. HFD is using extreme caution as the try to diagnose the source of the smoke. It sounds like it’s a very precarious layout and they’re “bringing lines” in to extinguish the fire. They found the source of the heat (behind a door), and also noted there is a large smoke condition coming from the second floor.

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22 Comments on "Smoke conditions near PATH"


Furey
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8 years 8 months ago

I got to the train at 7:55am, people were streaming out of the station. Waited a bit, then resigned myself to take the ferry. Got off at WTC and walked (what a big mistake) to my office about 12 blocks away.

Beyond cold this morning with the wind. It was like someone was hitting my head with a hammer.

littlething
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littlething
8 years 8 months ago

commuting is so annoying! today’s mess didn’t help out my new year’s resolution to make it to work on time! 😈

hobokencat
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hobokencat
8 years 8 months ago

Just got a PATH alert stating that the WTC/33rd Street lines are operating w/a 15 minute delay.

ericsquare
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8 years 8 months ago

Path was shut down this morning. Took me about an hour half to get to work. man, i hope this is cleared up tonite.

hobokencat
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hobokencat
8 years 8 months ago

I take the ferry home every so often, so they don’t expire on me. However, a two month window isn’t that kind for the not-so-frequent commuter.

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