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Newark Multiple-Alarm Lights Up the Morning Sky

By BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent | February 16, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 021821107

Newark, NJ - A spectacular three-alarm fire in the Ironbound Section of Newark gutted a large mill building before dawn on February 16th.

Fire units were sent to the area of Miller Ave. and Avenue A for numerous reports of a fire at about 5:45 A.M. Truck 5 reported smoke in the area, but could not locate the source. A short search found the fire several blocks away at 225 Emmet St., a four-story brick commercial 100' X 80' building with fire out all windows on multiple floors.

A second-alarm was immediately sounded, followed quickly by a third. Multiple master streams were put into operation, which soon produced water supply problems. A cold rain fell as companies worked to contain the fire to the original fire building. The rain helped quell the embers that erupted as the roof came in.

Eventually four ladder pipes, three deck guns and handlines operated and the intensity of the flames diminished. Companies were able to keep the fire from spreading. There were no reported serious injuries. The fire was placed under control shortly after 10:00 A.M., leaving nothing but the outer walls of the structure. Mutual aid companies from Essex and Hudson County were called in to cover the Newark firehouses.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.