Home of 5 Families Demolished After 3-Alarm Bayonne Fire

Fire on Broadway in Bayonne, January 14, 2015

3-alarm-fire-on-broadway-in-bayonne-jan-14-2015-1d002f5ed2d9ab1aBy Jonathan Lin/The Jersey Journal

790 Broadway is no more. After a raging three-alarm fire yesterday caused serious damage to the upper floors and roof of the three-story building, the owner decided to demolish it.

The building’s owner – who is also the owner of a C-Town supermarket next door – couldn’t be reached this morning regarding whether the five families displaced by the fire were able to retrieve their belongings.

But they most likely weren’t able to, Bayonne Fire Chief Greg Rogers said.

“Doubtful,” he said. “(There’s an) extremely hazardous condition inside the building.”

Rogers said the owner consulted an engineer who deemed that the building had to be demolished. It was then leveled overnight, he said.

“To allow anyone back in the building … would be irresponsible,” he added.

No one was injured in yesterday’s fire.

In the aftermath of the blaze, the Red Cross assisted all 12 of the building’s residents with temporary lodging, food, clothing and transportation as needed, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Diane Concannon.

Rogers wasn’t able to comment on the cause of the fire, but said he’ll consult with the city’s fire inspector soon.

The supermarket reopened today.


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