Firefighters Battle Hot Fire on Hot Day

Story and Photos by Ron Jeffers

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Jersey City firefighters were called to 100 Lincoln Street shortly after 2 p.m. for a reported fire.  They arrived to find smoke coming from the top floor of a three-story wood-frame, occupied dwelling and transmitted the working fire assignment.

Flames could be seen at the rear of the building at the top-floor level, as the smoke pushed out top-floor windows on Lincoln Street.  Firefighters made an aggressive attack, battling flames, thick some and a temperature of 91-degrees.

In all, three-alarms were sounded for additional resources.  Numerous medical units from the Jersey City Medical Center responded and set up triage and rehab areas.  A few firefighters were treated for difficulty breathing, officials said.  Many were given bottled water and cold towels.  In addition, the Gong Club canteen truck was on hand to supply water and other refreshments.

Firefighters rescued a pet cat, which was turned over to EMT’s who administered oxygen to the pet.  It was covered in a sheet and turned over to a grateful owner.