A massive 6th-alarm fire took place early in the morning of Saturday displacing more than 45 people, 14 families leaving them without a home. Mayor Jimmy Davis posted the following statement:
At approximately 1:30 a.m. today a fire was reported at at corner of Avenue C and West 20th Street. The Bayonne Fire Department responded to combat heavy fire conditions that had consumed a portion of the building. The fire quickly escalated to a 5 alarm blaze engulfing the structure. Bayonne Fire Department personnel and command staff were joined and assisted by fellow area departments as part of the call for mutual aid assistance.
Unfortunately, during this incident 2 Bayonne firefighters sustained injuries. While serious, the injuries were deemed non-life threatening, and both firefighters were transported to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment. Bayonne O.E.M. was activated during the early morning hours, and a temporary shelter was established at the Korpi Ice Rink facility on the Bayonne High School Campus to process and take in the displaced; over a dozen families comprised of 45 individuals.
This afternoon I went to Jersey City Medical Center to visit the injured firefighters who were in good spirits despite their injuries. Later I visited the temporary shelter at the B.H.S. campus to visit the displaced. O.E.M., volunteers, and members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team remain on scene assisting those in need in the wake of this tragedy.
In the hours and days ahead the fire structure at 20th and C will be demolished as it is no longer structurally viable. It is asked that vehicular and pedestrian traffic avoid the area in and around 19th and 20th Street and Avenue C to allow work to progress without further incident. My thanks go out to the firefighters who bravely controlled this situation and extinguished the fire without loss to human life; something that is truly remarkable. I further thank the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, the Bayonne Police Department, and McCabe Ambulance for their assistance, support, and continued work at the scene and throughout the City during this time.