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