Fire Dynamics: NJ Firefighters Injured in Backdraft

Photos and story by Ron Jeffers As local residents in Harrison, New Jersey, were preparing for the St. Patrick's Day parade along Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. on March 10, 2013, a police officer noticed smoke coming from a building at the corner of Davis St. and called in a fire. Police evacuated area residents and a church congregation of about 50 people on the second-floor. The Harrison Fire Department arrived with six on-duty firefighters and called for mutual aid immediately from Kearny and East Newark. Fire spread rapidly into residential exposures on both Rogers Blvd. and Davis St., and officials believed the fire was gas fed. A call for Public Service Gas was placed for a quick respons...

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