by Ron Jeffers.
Flames tore through two occupied and attached three and a half story wood-frame dwelling on Kennedy Boulevard, Thursday afternoon. The stubborn fire took several hours to extinguish.
The alarm was sounded shortly before 1 p.m. for 482 Kennedy Boulevard. Firefighters found a fire on the second-floor that they began to knock down; however, flames were extending up the walls into the third floor and roof area. Fire also spread the adjacent dwelling on the north side.
A total of 4-alarms were transmitted, which brought all of Bayonne’s fire companies and several from Jersey City to the scene to battle the flames. During the fire, low banking smoke also covered the boulevard obscuring the view of the burning buildings and fire apparatus. There were heavy flames venting out of the windows in the rear of the building.
Due to the dangerous conditions, firefighters operated from the exterior using numerous hose lines and two tower ladders with master streams of water. A partial roof collapse occurred during the blaze.
The fire was brought under control at 4 p.m., but fire companies remained on the scene to extinguish pockets of fire.