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Multiple-Alarm Strikes Hoboken Commercial Complex

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | December 20, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 122121110

HOBOKEN, NJ - Flames vented out of windows at a courtyard area during a long-duration fire that involved a block-long commercial complex at 38 Jackson Street, Hoboken, on the morning of December 20th.

Long hose line stretches and difficulty gaining access to the seat of the fire, in the old complex, hampered firefighting efforts. Numerous mutual aid companies from Jersey City and North Hudson operated at the scene. Jersey City Tower Ladder 6 was utilized on Jackson Street and North Hudson Tower Ladder 3 flowed water on the Harrison Street side of the complex.

A huge column of black smoke blended in with the dark morning sky, as well as over local streets. With the temperature in the 20's, Hoboken EMS set up a rehab station, with hot coffee and bottled water, on the Jackson Street side. The Jersey City Gong Club canteen set up on Harrison Street.

The complex has been converted into multiple businesses and artists' space. According to news reports, two bodies were found inside the warehouse. In addition, there were also reports of an explosion before the fire occurred.

The three-alarm fire is being investigated by the city police and fire departments, as well as the Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force.

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