1/22/2009 - Hackensack Fire Briefs (Updated 3/4/09)

Fire Briefs

Hackensack Fire Dept.

Location: 134 Clay Street 

Date: 2/25/09                                  

Time: 1429

Platoon: Third                        
Incident Commander: Acting Deputy Chief Andrew Pawlick

Number of alarms: Three               

Firefighter injuries: 0

Civilian injuries: 0         

Mutual aid towns assisting: Teaneck, Bogota, Ridgefield Park, Maywood, Hasbrouck Heights

Other agencies assisting: HUMC EMS, City Building Department and Police Department, United Water, PSE&G,DPW, Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance

Cause of fire: under investigation

Extent of damage: Extremely Heavy throughout entire structure

Type of occupancy: 2 ½ story wood frame dwelling

Number of Firefighters utilized: 40


Brief overview of actions: Members of the Third Platoon responded under the command of A/D/C Pawlick to a reported structure fire at 134 Clay Street. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with a well involved structure fire. The fire was involving the first floor rear bedroom and was extending to the second floor and attic. Occupants were reported to be out of the building. Searches were conducted on all floors with negative results. Several hose lines were advanced into the structure to extinguish the fire on the first and second floors. At this time the fire had spread to the attic and was burning through the roof and main support beams. All companies were temporarily withdrawn from the house due to the collapse possibility. After the main body of fire in the attic was safely extinguished from the exterior, firefighters reentered the building to complete the extinguishment and overhaul operations. The building sustained heavy fire damage to all floors and was deemed uninhabitable by the Hackensack Building Department. The occupants were relocated by the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.



Location: 124 Anderson Street
Date: January 10, 2009 Time: 0554
Platoon: Fourth
Incident Commander: Deputy Chief Mathew Wagner
Number of alarms: Three Firefighter injuries: 1- minor back injury
Civilian injuries: 0
Mutual Aid towns assisting: Teaneck, Bogota, Ridgefield Park, Maywood, South Hackensack
Other agencies assisting: HUMC EMS, City Building Department and Police Department, United Water, PSE&G, DPW and NJ State Police Arson Investigation Unit
Cause of fire: Undetermined/Under Investigation
Extent of damage: Extremely Heavy throughout entire structure
Type of occupancy: 1 story post and beam wood frame built in 1869
Address: 124 Anderson Street

Brief overview of actions: Fire department received a call from the Police Dispatch reporting a working fire at 124 Anderson Street. Engines 4 and 5 along with Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 responded under the command of D/C Wagner. While enroute, D/C Wagner observed a heavy smoke condition and transmitted a Second Alarm bringing Engine’s 2 and 1 to the scene. Upon arrival all companies worked to stretch four 2 ½” hose lines to begin extinguishment and exposure protection. NJ Transit employees were on the scene and advised Command that there were several propane tanks stored in the building. Due to the propane tanks and extremely well involved fire throughout the entire building, a defensive fire operation was initiated. A Third Alarm was transmitted at 0611 hours which brought an additional ladder company and two engine companies. All of the occupants from #126 Anderson Street were evacuated and hose lines were stretched to the second and third floors to protect this building from fire extension. Several large hose lines were used from a safe distance to eventually extinguish the fire while the primary priority of protecting the 3 story exposure building was accomplished. A total of 12 pieces of fire apparatus and 50 firefighters were utilized for this fire. Mutual Aid companies were used at the fire scene and also at Fire Headquarters to cover the City. Both of the transit workers had their personal vehicles parked in the rear of the building and both vehicles were destroyed by the fire. Since the building is owned by the State of New Jersey, the cause and origin investigation was coordinated between one Hackensack Fire Department Arson Investigator and two investigators from the State Police Unit.


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