10/24/2008 - Hackensack Fire Briefs

Hackensack Fire Department

Fire Briefs

Location: 467A Passaic Street
Date: 10/13/08
Time: 1646 hours
Type of occupancy: 1 story non-combustible strip mall
Platoon: Fourth
Incident Commander: Deputy Chief Mathew Wagner
Number of alarms: One
Mutual Aid Towns Assisting: Teaneck Fire
Cause of fire: accidental/unintentional
Extent of damage: Damage to contents in room of origin
Other agencies assisting: HUMC EMS, City Building Department and Police Department

Brief overview of actions: Fire department received a call from passer-by reporting smoke inside the nail salon. Upon arrival members found a heavy smoke condition inside the store which was closed to business at the time. The front door was forced open and hose lines were advanced into the store to extinguish a fire inside a small treatment room involving a mattress and contents. Truck and Rescue companies evacuated adjoining stores and checked for fire extension which was negative. Hackensack Fire Department investigators determined the cause of the fire was an electric wax depilator left plugged in and ”powered on” had heated up and ignited the mattress it was in contact with. The business was “red tagged” by Hackensack Building Department and was to remain closed until repairs can be addressed. HUMC ambulance provided fire stand-by and rehab. Teaneck Fire Department assisted with city coverage.


Location: 63 Fair Street

Date: 10/12/08
Time: 1524 hours
Type of occupancy: 2 ½ story wood frame, 2 family dwelling
Platoon: Third
Incident Commander: Acting Deputy Chief Andrew Pawlick
Number of alarms: Two
Firefighter injuries: 0
Civilian injuries: 0
Mutual aid towns assisting: Teaneck Fire
Other agencies assisting: Hackensack Police, HVAC EMS and Bergen County Arson Task Force
Cause of fire: Undetermined
Extent of damage: Heavy fire damage to first floor apartment, smoke damage to second floor apartment

Brief overview of actions: Fire department found heavy fire originating from the rear bedroom on the first floor. Hose lines were stretched to the fire area and second floor to extinguish the fire and check for fire extension. Ladder and Rescue companies conducted searches on all floors and found no occupants. Teaneck Fire provided one engine at Fire Headquarters to assist with City coverage. Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance provided one ambulance for fire standby and rehab. The Police Department and B/C Arson Task Force conducted the cause and origin investigation finding the area of origin to be the first floor rear bedroom and the cause to be undetermined at this time. The building was “red tagged” by Hackensack Building Department and occupants relocated to relatives.