By Kevin Canessa, The Observer
A five-alarm fire tore through three homes on Elm Street in Kearny the morning of July 18, 2021, but all occupants of the homes affected fortunately survived the blaze, though several pets did not make it, Kearny Fire Chief Joseph A. Mastandrea said.
“The Kearny Fire Department received a 911 call at approximately 9 a.m., reporting a fire at 350 Elm St. The Kearny Police Department arrived first on scene and was instrumental in getting an occupant to EMS and removing the occupants of both 348 and 352 Elm St.,” the chief said. “Kearny EMS transported a patient to the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas in Livingston and is currently being treated.”
Reports say that victim was an elderly woman.
Mastandrea said the first engine company arrived on scene to find a well-advanced fire in the front portion of 350 Elm St. and fire had already spread to the other structures. The Kearny FD made an aggressive attack on the fire to keep it from spreading any further than the buildings already involved.
The fire would ultimately reach a fifth alarm, requiring a recall of off-duty members, Mastandrea said.
“The Bayonne, Secaucus, Newark and East Newark fire departments provided coverage in our fire stations,” Mastandrea said. “A member of the Kearny Fire Department and from the Jersey City Fire Department were transported to area hospitals. The Kearny firefighter was released. The status of the Jersey City member is unknown at this time. Unfortunately, three pets did not survive the fire.”
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