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Ironbound fire engulfs six family dwelling

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

NEWARK, NJ - At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 26, 2008 Newark Fire put out a full assignment for a reported structure fire at 65 Barbara Street in the Ironbound section. Smoke plumes were visible from points west in the city and also by motorists on the NJ Turnpike.

First arriving units found a three story, six family dwelling with fire originating in the rear of the dwelling and extending across the roof and cockloft. Command upgraded the job to two plus alarms, bringing companies in from across the city. Multiple handlines were put in service, aerial deluge streams were used, and lines were in place to protect an exposure on the delta side.

Heavy volumes of smoke and fire emanated from the building despite the efforts of Newark firefighters. Primary and secondary searches found no occupants in the fire building. Deep into the attack, the roof failed, collapsing onto the level below. It took firefighters over two hours to get the fire under control.

University Hospital EMS covered EMS Branch operations, providing on-scene treatment and transport for firefighters who sustained minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

As a side note-Newark Fire also had a full assignment in North Newark shortly after the Ironbound fire, at the intersection of North 7th Street and Davenport Avenue, where a heavily involved structure spread to the exposure on the bravo side.

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JAMES WARINCorrespondent

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