8/23/2005 - Hackensack Fire Briefs

Hackensack Fire Briefs

     On Friday July 22, 2005, at 0659 hours the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a structure fire at 190 Central Ave. On arrival members of the Fourth Platoon found smoke showing from the second floor and attic areas. The Firefighters quickly stretched two 1-3/4" attack lines into the building confining and extinguishing the fire to the second floor. Simultaneously the building was searched for possible victims. There were no injuries. The Red Cross relocated the occupants and the cause was determined to be electrical.

    On Friday July 22, 2005, at 1159 hours the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a structure fire at 64 Prospect Ave. On arrival members of the First Platoon found smoke and fire showing from the 4th floor windows of a 4 story unprotected mid-rise multiple dwelling. The Firefighters stretched a large 3" supply line to the fourth floor to supply attack lines to confine and extinguish a fire, which consumed 1 apartment. Simultaneously searches of the adjacent apartments were made and occupants removed to areas of safe refuge. The fire heavily damaged 1 apartment, 3 additional apartments were moderately damaged from smoke and fire. Red Cross relocated the occupants of the damaged apartments. One Fire Lieutenant sustained a heat related injury and was treated at Hackensack Medical Center. There were no civilian injuries. Two pets, 1 dog and 1 cat were killed in the fire apartment. The cause was determined to be electrical.

     On Wednesday July 27, 2005 during an excessive heat emergency, the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a fire at 20 Jefferson St., 1436 hours. On arrival members of the Second Platoon found heavy smoke emitting from the Penthouse elevator control room of the seven story Hi-Rise. The members were forced to carry all firefighting equipment to the seventh floor where they found a fire involving the elevator controls and motors. The fire was quickly extinguished. Fortunately 1 elevator was quickly placed back in service for the occupants.

     On Sunday July 31, 2005, at 2351 hours, the Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a boat fire in front of 58 Broadway. On arrival members of the Second Platoon found a 21’ Bayliner completely involved in fire. The members stretched 2 1-3/4 attack lines to confine the fire and protect the buildings around the boat. The fire was quickly extinguished despite a forty-gallon gasoline tank on board. There were no injuries. The cause is suspicious as determined by Fire Department Arson Investigation

     On Wednesday August 3, 2005, at 2240 hours. The Hackensack Fire Department received a call reporting a fire at 54 Temple Ave. On arrival, members of the First Platoon found smoke showing from the second floor apartment of a garden apartment complex. The members quickly stretched a 1 1-3/4" attack line to confine and extinguish a fire involving a bedroom and contents. There were no injuries, and the cause was determined to be unattended candles.