Fire 4th & Bloomfield
A couple nearby readers caught this early morning fire on Bloomfield between 4th & 5th streets.
Art and Dennis sent the pics, Dan provided the minute by minute transcript. Good example of communication in our city.
4:20 am – Heavy smoke at 4th and Wash. with the smell of burning wood and plastic
4:21 am – fire units and PD respond to a fire on what seems to be the top floor of 416-18 Bloomfield, seems to be in both buildings
4:25 – PD reports live wires down in street. Mutual aid is being called (not to the fire scene, but to stage in the 14th Street firehouse in case needed).
4:26 – Report that 416 is filled with heavy smoke, but that there is no actual fire in that building. The fire is completely in 418 Bloomfield on the upper floors, and FD is working to suppress, knocking out skylights and cutting holes.
4:30 – PSE&G is en route to cut power in the area to prevent electrocutions from live wires down in street; all people on the street are being moved off the block behind the fire trucks.
4:36 – North Hudson Regional Fire arrives – seems to be some sort of command staff.
4:40 – Truck 7 from North Hudson Regional Fire arrives.
4:42 – FD reports that main body of fire in 418 Bloomfield has been knocked down. The fire seems to have originated on the 2nd floor.
They are continuing to hit hot spots.
4:45 – fire is under control; apparently no major injuries that.
Overheard that the building was empty as it was under construction. A quick web search shows that at least 2 units in the building were recently sold: #1 for $629,000 and #3 for $529,000. I am guessing #2 is where the fire was (2nd floor).