At 0137 hours this morning, the Bayonne Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 78 Andrew St. Arriving fire companies found a heavy volume of smoke and fire from 76 and 78 Andrew St. Due to the heavy volume of fire on arrival, the fire quickly escalated to a total of four alarms. Firefighters deployed numerous hose lines into both fire buildings to confine and extinguish the fire, which was placed under control at 0320 hours. A total of 13 people were displaced by the fire. They are being assisted by the Red Cross and seeking temporary shelter with friends or family. Seven cats perished in the fire. Three cats, three ferrets and one bird were rescued by Firefighters and placed in the care of their owners.
Two Firefighters suffered minor injuries at the scene. They were transported to Bayonne Medical Center, treated and released.
The Firefighters at the scene did an outstanding job and conducted extensive interior fire operations to contain the fire to 76 and 78 Andrew St, limiting the damage to both buildings.
Mutual aid was provided by the Jersey City, North Hudson Regional, Hoboken, and Kearny Fire Departments.
The fire remains under investigation.
Footage below was posted on Twitter by Dray Clark from ABC7
— Dray Clark (@DrayClarkABC7) October 19, 2016