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FF INJURED AT 5th ALARM NJ FIRE

     

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 A five-alarm blaze collapsed part of a self-storage facility in Linden and left one firefighter hurt early on New Year’s Day, officials said.

The fire, which sparked sometime after 1 a.m. today, burned about 30 percent of the Uncle Bob’s Self Storage units on Allen Street, according to Deputy Fire Chief John Traub.

Traub said the fire began in the center of the complex, and spread easily through units that were lined with combustible materials, including propane tanks and painting materials.
“You name it, it’s in there,” he said.

Firefighters gained control of the raging blaze around 6 a.m., but were still dousing hot spots with water around 9 a.m., according to Traub.

The fire department didn’t leave the scene until close to noon today, officials said, and one firefighter suffered a shoulder injury while battling the blaze.

At least 11 rescue agencies responded to the fire, according to Traub, who said the aluminum and concrete compartments in the storage units were not airtight — and provided a pathway for the fire to travel across units.

“Once there’s fire, it goes across from one unit to the other,” he said.

The center of the complex suffered a partial collapse during the blaze, according to Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Dooley, and several parts of the building suffered heavy water, fire and smoke damage.

http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2013/01/one_firefighter_reported_injur.html


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