NEWARK, NJ (January 5, 2018)--Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports that since last Saturday, December 30th, 2017, members of the Newark Fire Division have battled 11 fires, in addition to cold and wind.
“I commend the efforts of the men and women in the Newark Fire Division who have been fighting fires, biting cold and frigid temperatures during the past several days without losing any lives,” Director Ambrose said. “Fighting a raging fire is extremely dangerous, without having to also battle intense winds, cold and the icy conditions caused by freezing water.”
The first of the 11 fires occurred on December 30th at approximately 9:12 p.m. Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at Velez Tire Shop where Paul Leber, a 10-year veteran, became disoriented inside the building.
Firefighter Leber was in the tire shop with other members of Engine 7, including a probationary firefighter. As conditions worsened, they were ordered out of the building. As they were exiting, Leber became disoriented and members of Engine 7 and Rescue 1 went back into the building with other firefighters and rescued him. Leber was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where he is recovering from his injuries. The cause and the origins of this fire remain under investigation.
On December 31st firefighters extinguished three fires, all occurring in three-story residences. The first was a 2-alarm fire that was reported at approximately 3:15 p.m. at 842 South 14th Street. This fire was determined to be accidental. The second fire was reported at 4:51 p.m. at 94 Schuyler Avenue. The cause and origins of this fire are under investigation along with the ongoing investigation of the third fire, which occurred at 138 Clinton Avenue and was reported at 11:58 p.m.
Another fire, determined to be accidental, was reported at 118 South 11th Street, a 2 ½ story residence, on January 1st at 8:35 a.m. The next fire, at a 2-½ story residential structure, was reported two days later on January 3rd also at 8:35 a.m. at 99 Weequahic Avenue. This fire was also determined to be accidental. Also on January 3rd, a fire at a 4-story residential structure at 24 Garden Street was extinguished after it was reported at 4:37 p.m.