By Ron Jeffers.-
Shortly after 5 p.m., Friday, Jersey City firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 3718 Kennedy Blvd., at the corner of Secaucus Rd. Units responding radioed in a smoke condition was visible from a distance. The fire involved Tony’s general mechanic shop and quickly extended into the adjacent two-story building containing Top Deli on the ground floor with apartments above.
Fire Chief Steve Mc Gill later told the media that an acetylene cylinder was leaking in the rear of the mechanic’s shop while employees were working, and it erupted. The fire extended to a vehicle and other items, and employees attempted to put the fire out.
Firefighters were confronted with a difficult fire situation. Flames rapidly spread through the two structures. Second and third alarms were transmitted, as the rising smoke was visible for miles. In addition, flames were gas fed until a Public Service crew arrived to dig up the street and shut down the gas supply
Six people were reported to be in the apartments above the fire and evacuated the structure safely.
Later, a 4th alarm was sounded bring in mutual aid companies from Hoboken, Bayonne and North Hudson to the scene.
There were no injuries reported at the scene.
Photos by Ron Jeffers.