Fire chief: Massive 5-alarm fire 'exhausting' for crews
Firefighters were hampered by the freezing weather, which caused many to slip on black ice, and gusts of wind fanned the flames
BAYONNE, N.J. — The endurance of dozens of firefighters from eight municipalities was tested in an "exhausting" battle against a massive fire in Bayonne on Tuesday, Bayonne fire chief Greg Rogers said.
The five-alarm blaze, which broke out at around 4:30 p.m., ripped through two attached three-story buildings at 743 and 745 Broadway, leaving them severely damaged and causing moderate damage to another attached building at 747.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they saw heavy fire between 743 and 745, Rogers said. As they extended water hoses into the buildings and searched for possible victims, conditions rapidly deteriorated, with the fire spreading through an air shaft between the buildings and igniting the undersides of their roofs, he said.