Fire at 1st & Jackson

Dr. Zaklama Dead

Found out today that the infamous Dr. Esmat Zaklama had passed away today.

He was known for his questionable capabilities as a landlord in Hoboken and beyond. He was the one that owned the Nardine’s building at 1st & Jackson that burnt to the ground a year ago.

Wonder what will happen with all the problems he left behind?

Here’s a video of him protesting some religious nonsense a couple years ago:

Photo: Fire ravages 87 Jackson St. in Hoboken

12/17/2011:

Hoboken411 reader Mike captured the fire at 87 Jackson Street at its peak:

Video: Hoboken Fire at 1st & Jackson

Hoboken411 reader Miriam sent this footage in from the scene of the fire.

Nardine’s burns to the ground in Hoboken, NJ

At around 8am this morning, a raging fire toasted the building at the corner of 1st & Jackson streets in Hoboken.

This building is the old Nardine’s that the controversial Dr. Zaklama was involved with.

30 Responses

  1. Evelyn says:

    Still plenty of smoke coming from the fire scene.

  2. spiffy says:

    I’ll take “Suspicious Activities that start with the letter A” for $800, Alex. 😯

  3. iNeEdAxAnAx says:

    too bad HFD is so short handed (especially today w/ the cptns test and all)
    Opening some eyes? 😯

    • showme789 says:

      It’s only a matter of time before the insurance companies get wind of the fact that Hoboken is 50 firefighters below the table of organization. Then what will happen is that the lousy 20 cents that the incompetent mayor is saving the average taxpayer will translate into hundreds of dollars in increased insurance premiums. It’s really simple math, but she is way too dumb to figure it out. She parades around talking about how she has cut the FD payroll while at the same time she is juggling budget numbers to pay overtime.
      Losing that structure on Jackson Street this morning is a tragic example of what happens when you value political contracts for lawyers more than you value the safety of your residents. [quote comment=”212935″]too bad HFD is so short handed (especially today w/ the cptns test and all) Opening some eyes? [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        Show me ..There are 19 captains from the 32 last year…Less than 68 or so privates.
        Scarey.. :roll: [quote comment=”212936″]It’s only a matter of time before the insurance companies get wind of the fact that Hoboken is 50 firefighters below the table of organization. Then what will happen is that the lousy 20 cents that the incompetent mayor is saving the average taxpayer will translate into hundreds of dollars in increased insurance premiums. It’s really simple math, but she is way too dumb to figure it out. She parades around talking about how she has cut the FD payroll while at the same time she is juggling budget numbers to pay overtime.Losing that structure on Jackson Street this morning is a tragic example of what happens when you value political contracts for lawyers more than you value the safety of your residents.[/quote]

      • showme789 says:

        Wow, I didn’t realize it was THAT bad. The problem is that the moron mayor hasn’t lived here long enough to remember what happens when there’s a tenement fire. I read somewhere a while ago where a mayor in another town faced criminal charges for endangering the residents. I’ll have to do some research and see if it applies here.
        So are you saying that there are fewer than 100 fire fighters in a city of 50,000 where more than half of the housing stock is nearly 100 years old?[quote comment=”212937″]Show me ..There are 19 captains from the 32 last year…Less than 68 or so privates. Scarey.. [/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        789 ..maybe 70 privates..or less if there was a capt’s test today,you do the math. We never had a personall problem untill country corn took control. How dare she and her rejects decide the welfare of innocent people.. Cristie is a factor also.. how all the dems in hudson county crap their depends over a republican…789 there were less than 100 firefighters on duty today..To the newbees who think their safe,in there cardboard condos and apts..The bldgs are made of sheet rock Plaster board, as well as combustible materials..It’s rumored that supervisors are working doubles .Not healthy for the firefighters and citizens…Dosent matter how the fire started ,or if the bldg was empty..Putting police and firefighters in harms way is laiden on queen bee..Pray for all who put their lives in harms way… 😈 [quote comment=”212939″]Wow, I didn’t realize it was THAT bad. The problem is that the moron mayor hasn’t lived here long enough to remember what happens when there’s a tenement fire. I read somewhere a while ago where a mayor in another town faced criminal charges for endangering the residents. I’ll have to do some research and see if it applies here.So are you saying that there are fewer than 100 fire fighters in a city of 50,000 where more than half of the housing stock is nearly 100 years old?[/quote]

  4. Gamblor says:

    My friends were there last night visiting a friend who just moved in and said they smelled gas. Also the windows were painted shut so they were all lucky to make it out alive.

  5. ladyc01 says:

    This fire today is the perfect example of this city’s fire department not having enough firefighters on call and that’s ALL thanks to Mayor Dawn Zimmer! If people in Hoboken want fires out quickly and buildings not collapsing, I suggest this town gets a hold of the mayor and let her know that she needs to hire more firemen in the town instead of hiring people to give out tickets. Thank you!

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      lady c rumor has it there were 68 firefighters on duty…last night and this am.+ there is suppose to be a capt’s test..scheduled for today. some ore working doubles..nice and overtime is more costley than new hires…Remember Crab Apple lane NH is not Hoboken. We had the culture of corruption.but as corrupt as they were never was the town in such dire streights as now…with the Marx brothers. Lord help us.. 😕 [quote comment=”212941″]This fire today is the perfect example of this city’s fire department not having enough firefighters on call and that’s ALL thanks to Mayor Dawn Zimmer! If people in Hoboken want fires out quickly and buildings not collapsing, I suggest this town gets a hold of the mayor and let her know that she needs to hire more firemen in the town instead of hiring people to give out tickets. Thank you![/quote]

      • ladyc01 says:

        HomeTeam- Unlike your rumor I know a fact and the fact is that the Hoboken fire department Is short Staffed. Whether you think there was enough firemen there today isn’t up to you.
        [quote comment=”212943″]lady c rumor has it there were 68 firefighters on duty…last night and this am.+ there is suppose to be a capt’s test..scheduled for today. some ore working doubles..nice and overtime is more costley than new hires…Remember Crab Apple lane NH is not Hoboken. We had the culture of corruption.but as corrupt as they were never was the town in such dire streights as now…with the Marx brothers. Lord help us.. [/quote]

      • ladyc01 says:

        Wiskeytango* – Unlike your rumor I know a fact and the fact is that the Hoboken fire department is short staffed. Whether you think there was enough firemen there today isn’t up to you. There was a captains test today I’ll give you that, but even if all the firemen that went to the test were at that fire today still wouldn’t make a difference of the department being short staffed. Its mandatory that each fire truck going on a call should have at least 4 guys minimum riding (which they do not). This mayor will learn her lesson after a fireman gets hurt (god forbid) after going into a fire without enough guys by his side. She’s a fool if she doesn’t hire new guys off the list that just came out. And I’m sure the guys that worked todays fire from last nights shift aren’t worried about their overtime pay. [quote comment=”212948″]HomeTeam- Unlike your rumor I know a fact and the fact is that the Hoboken fire department Is short Staffed. Whether you think there was enough firemen there today isn’t up to you.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        lady dc01 I agree with you entirely..I said rumor for I was told by one who may have been incorrect..contrare..there is .A captain and two privates ride the engines.One was removed over 18 years ago..Former Capt Bergin fought to no advail to keep that extra guy/on but politices reared it’s ugly head even at that time.Captains test or not there are only 19 captains from 32 due to attrition, and maybe 68 privates ballbark figure..Captains are said to at times working doubles.Rumor or not if so thats unhealthy The key is this town is not Crab Apple Grove,and do you agree elected leaders govern but do not rule..? You bet your socks that north hudson responded as mutual aid for 4 houses total complement consist of less that 30 firefighters..[quote comment=”212952″]Wiskeytango* – Unlike your rumor I know a fact and the fact is that the Hoboken fire department is short staffed. Whether you think there was enough firemen there today isn’t up to you. There was a captains test today I’ll give you that, but even if all the firemen that went to the test were at that fire today still wouldn’t make a difference of the department being short staffed. Its mandatory that each fire truck going on a call should have at least 4 guys minimum riding (which they do not). This mayor will learn her lesson after a fireman gets hurt (god forbid) after going into a fire without enough guys by his side. She’s a fool if she doesn’t hire new guys off the list that just came out. And I’m sure the guys that worked todays fire from last nights shift aren’t worried about their overtime pay.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        lacyc01 yes understaffed..If you recall one time there were four riding on a rig .That extra fireman was removed ..Captain bergin retired fought till he was blue in the face that the extra man was needed..this was 20 years ago…What i ment by the rumor is I kind of feared to consider the source..Its not a rumor ..North hudson may have came in to assist on a 3 alarm..Usually 25 firefighters work one shift..If a hit comes in before 8am they go out as well..If their lucky they get relieved upon the on coming shift.Yes understaffed..Keep in mind hoboken is not Crab Apple Grove..with 19,000 people and a police force of 50 or more and a canine unit..this is a city of over 50,000 people.lacy your on the money.[quote comment=”212952″]Wiskeytango* – Unlike your rumor I know a fact and the fact is that the Hoboken fire department is short staffed. Whether you think there was enough firemen there today isn’t up to you. There was a captains test today I’ll give you that, but even if all the firemen that went to the test were at that fire today still wouldn’t make a difference of the department being short staffed. Its mandatory that each fire truck going on a call should have at least 4 guys minimum riding (which they do not). This mayor will learn her lesson after a fireman gets hurt (god forbid) after going into a fire without enough guys by his side. She’s a fool if she doesn’t hire new guys off the list that just came out. And I’m sure the guys that worked todays fire from last nights shift aren’t worried about their overtime pay.[/quote]

    • showme789 says:

      Actually, Whiskey, the building was occupied and lives were at stake. I hope the City Council demands a full investigation as to how many firefighters were on duty this morning. Something tells me that the residents will be shocked at what they find. Zimmer is risking lives and property to endear herself to a governor who could care less about Hoboken or any other urban municipality in this state. You know the old saying, “it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye”, well, in this town it’s “all bike lanes and meter maids until someone loses their life”! She is pathetic.[quote comment=”212941″]This fire today is the perfect example of this city’s fire department not having enough firefighters on call and that’s ALL thanks to Mayor Dawn Zimmer! If people in Hoboken want fires out quickly and buildings not collapsing, I suggest this town gets a hold of the mayor and let her know that she needs to hire more firemen in the town instead of hiring people to give out tickets. Thank you![/quote]

  6. HomeTeam says:

    This was not a case of being short staffed, there were plenty of FF there. The whole second floor was fully engulfed before a single fire or cop was on scene. The building was a tinderbox with narrow hallways, poorly kept, and rarely secure(the doors all seemed to be wide open at all hours with homeless sleeping/pissing in the doorways).

    Unfortunately, as the case of Cameron Todd Willingham has proven, fire inspectors are inadequately trained in the science of fire and routinely rely on outdated theories on fire which frequently leads to inaccurate findings. I would love to see real scientists look at the facts behind a lot of Hoboken fires since most seem to simply be labeled ‘cigarette’ and the investigation closed.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      home team inadequately trained ?? commen sense..lightning hit the bldg…hummmm .
      this crap has been an on going situation for the past 5 years.your call[quote comment=”212945″]This was not a case of being short staffed, there were plenty of FF there. The whole second floor was fully engulfed before a single fire or cop was on scene. The building was a tinderbox with narrow hallways, poorly kept, and rarely secure(the doors all seemed to be wide open at all hours with homeless sleeping/pissing in the doorways).Unfortunately, as the case of Cameron Todd Willingham has proven, fire inspectors are inadequately trained in the science of fire and routinely rely on outdated theories on fire which frequently leads to inaccurate findings. I would love to see real scientists look at the facts behind a lot of Hoboken fires since most seem to simply be labeled ‘cigarette’ and the investigation closed.[/quote]

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      home team contrare to your opinion..this Todd Willingham never got his arse burned in a fire or had to pull crispy critters from a burned out bldg..Plenty of ff on duty is a figment of your willngham imagination..Mutal aid was called in to the fray..as hoboken does same with other towns..One has to have to be crazy not to suspect. I saw them jumping from windows in 1982..Tell that one to todd.just my opinion.[quote comment=”212945″]This was not a case of being short staffed, there were plenty of FF there. The whole second floor was fully engulfed before a single fire or cop was on scene. The building was a tinderbox with narrow hallways, poorly kept, and rarely secure(the doors all seemed to be wide open at all hours with homeless sleeping/pissing in the doorways).Unfortunately, as the case of Cameron Todd Willingham has proven, fire inspectors are inadequately trained in the science of fire and routinely rely on outdated theories on fire which frequently leads to inaccurate findings. I would love to see real scientists look at the facts behind a lot of Hoboken fires since most seem to simply be labeled ‘cigarette’ and the investigation closed.[/quote]

      • HomeTeam says:

        Actually, he did get burned, but I’m sure you failed to research and spouted drunken bs. Really man, put the bottle down and before you hit the keys. :roll: [quote comment=”212947″]home team contrare to your opinion..this Todd Willingham never got his arse burned in a fire or had to pull crispy critters from a burned out bldg..Plenty of ff on duty is a figment of your willngham imagination..Mutal aid was called in to the fray..as hoboken does same with other towns..One has to have to be crazy not to suspect. I saw them jumping from windows in 1982..Tell that one to todd.just my opinion.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        home team..i missed that sarcastic comment.Your a new kid on the block .Get off your keyboard and cut the research nonsense.facts figures stats do not supress a fire.What many of us bnr witnessed was reality..Inspectors do not fight fires. btw try and get off the bong ..Your incorrect..the HFD is understaffed..One does not have to be an inspector to see how quick the bldg lit up..Another zimmerette as usual .This so called expert wittingham should do some research on the 53 dead since 1982..Fact is understaffed..It’s not an argument but your refusal to grasp the obvious.UNDERSTAFFED.[quote comment=”212949″]Actually, he did get burned, but I’m sure you failed to research and spouted drunken bs. Really man, put the bottle down and before you hit the keys. [/quote]

      • HomeTeam says:

        Dude, you really have a very serious reading comprehension problem. What year did you drop out of Hoboken High? [quote comment=”212958″]home team..i missed that sarcastic comment.Your a new kid on the block .Get off your keyboard and cut the research nonsense.facts figures stats do not supress a fire.What many of us bnr witnessed was reality..Inspectors do not fight fires. btw try and get off the bong ..Your incorrect..the HFD is understaffed..One does not have to be an inspector to see how quick the bldg lit up..Another zimmerette as usual .This so called expert wittingham should do some research on the 53 dead since 1982..Fact is understaffed..It’s not an argument but your refusal to grasp the obvious.UNDERSTAFFED.[/quote]

      • wiskeytango1 says:

        Im not a dude,nor u on a dude ranch ?..Are you a shim? As for your knowledge of the HFD as well as your friend WHITTINGHAM ANOTHER AUTHORITY ON FIRE INSPECTORS,it’s not my reading comprehension that has a problem but your additude adjustment. !9 firefighters on duty ,6 companys dispatched,1 captain to a unit..4 fire stations in all blew out.according to reports and jerkey journal 19 men woman.Contrae dude or shim that is understaffed..Do your research,This jerk as ben a problem for the city and the health Dept as well as optaining a liiquor licenese for years..Bottom Line Mr Dude..Understaffed understaffed.Tell Whittingham that it took the lives of more than 70+ over the past 30 years to improve the gentrification of our fair city. Zimmerette 👿 [quote comment=”212961″]Dude, you really have a very serious reading comprehension problem. What year did you drop out of Hoboken High?[/quote]

    • showme789 says:

      I beg to differ, Home Team. I was at the scene and what you may call adequate was hardly that at all. You do, however, prove my point that Hoboken is chock full of tinderbox structures and as such, the fire department needs to be staffed accordingly. [quote comment=”212945″]This was not a case of being short staffed, there were plenty of FF there. The whole second floor was fully engulfed before a single fire or cop was on scene. The building was a tinderbox with narrow hallways, poorly kept, and rarely secure(the doors all seemed to be wide open at all hours with homeless sleeping/pissing in the doorways).Unfortunately, as the case of Cameron Todd Willingham has proven, fire inspectors are inadequately trained in the science of fire and routinely rely on outdated theories on fire which frequently leads to inaccurate findings. I would love to see real scientists look at the facts behind a lot of Hoboken fires since most seem to simply be labeled ‘cigarette’ and the investigation closed.[/quote]

  7. lacie says:

    Did the HPU boot any of the fire trucks today?

  8. showme789 says:

    Ladtc01, I hope that you are commenting because you genuinely care and not because you have an interest in the “list that just came out”. The department has been understaffed for over a year now and the jobs should have been filled long before now. I am just as concerned that the damn Union does nothing to fight for more firefighters as I am with the blatant disregard for life and property on the part of the mayor. The union should have filed suit a long time ago. They are jeopardizing the membership by not fighting for adequate staffing levels. The Chief needs to stand up for his department as well. It is his job to see to it that his men and women are protected as well. One appearance at a City Council meeting hardly redeems the chief who has been jumping through hoops for the mayor since she got elected. Today was a wake up call for everyone who needs to rise up and let the mayor know that she has pushed this city to the brink of disaster.

  9. bornandrazedinhobo says:

    I’m surprised this place did not burn down years ago…..dozens of health and fore code violations and the place was completely uninhabitable. No doubt an arson for easy insurance payout!

  10. HomeTeam says:

    Lol! You do have a comprehension problem because you keep using what I wrote incorrectly. You seem to be comparing the case of a wrongfully executed man, due to outdated training and scientific study by fire inspectors, as support for cutting firefighters. If you did know how to read, you would realize that I am not a supporter of the mayor and would have understood what I had typed. Vodka on your Cherrios is not the best jump start to your day there sir.

    • wiskeytango1 says:

      Executed man? Again learn the history of Hoboken the past 35 years and act like the dude aka shim that you are with a well rounded ecucation and cut the condencesding chit and , and lay off the toke and meth dude. Your opinion is well taken but your obnixious response is uncalled for..end it and be thankfull you were not. wisen jerkey.U have a right to your opinion,but comprehending reading is not lwalking the walk dude..You win dude end it..borne natale. 😛 [quote comment=”212973″]Lol! You do have a comprehension problem because you keep using what I wrote incorrectly. You seem to be comparing the case of a wrongfully executed man, due to outdated training and scientific study by fire inspectors, as support for cutting firefighters. If you did know how to read, you would realize that I am not a supporter of the mayor and would have understood what I had typed. Vodka on your Cherrios is not the best jump start to your day there sir.[/quote]

  11. HomeTeam says:

    He’s had a ‘For Rent’ sign on the burnt out shell for almost a year and now the tarps, or so-called “asbestos remediation”, covering the roof have begun to blow away. His property across the street has become a living art tribute to the garbage that washed in during Sandy.

    • laffingnetizen says:

      I hear that. When is the city going to condemn this eyesore of a property? I live right near there and there has been no work done on that property since the fire. What is the city waiting for? When it finally collapses into a pile of rubble? [quote comment=”218583″]He’s had a ‘For Rent’ sign on the burnt out shell for almost a year and now the tarps, or so-called “asbestos remediation”, covering the roof have begun to blow away. His property across the street has become a living art tribute to the garbage that washed in during Sandy.[/quote]

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