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Afternoon Fire Consumes Vacant Bergen Warehouse

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July 02, 2022 | NEW JERSEY RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

PALISADE PARK, NJ - A smoky warehouse fire kept firefighters busy on the Independence Day weekend. Borough firefighters were toned out to a “working fire” on Fairview Street, off of Grand Avenue, on the afternoon of July 2nd.

Arriving firefighters found fire venting from a window of a long vacant warehouse, which also broke through the roof. Fire Chief Monteleone struck additional alarms for additional resources and manpower.

Low-banking smoke covered the street, and it was reported that nearby Route 46 was temporarily closed. As firefighters surveyed the structure, its stability was uncertain and a collapse zone was established.

Master streams were set up, which included ladder pipes from Palisades Park Ladder 1 and Fort Lee Ladder 1, a deck gun operation by Ridgefield Engine 4, a squirt operation by Edgewater Engine 2, plus a BlitzFire monitor in the street.

Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours, with caution. During this time, the Bergen County EMS Special Operations unit set up a medical evaluation and rehab zone on Grand Avenue. It was reported that one firefighter suffered a minor injury. Additional rehab assistance was supplied by the Teaneck Box 54 Club.

Before the sun set, a demolition crew had arrived to take down the hazardous structure.

Additional mutual aid fire companies that operated at the scene came from Cliffside Park, Leonia, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Teaneck, Bogota, Hackensack and Moonachie.

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RON JEFFERSNew Jersey Editor

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