Engine Company

LIVE-PRODUCE STORE FIRE POSES UNIQUE PROBLEMS

Issue 1 and Volume 160.

BY ANTHONY AVILLO There are some jobs you never forget. Some you remember by virtue of a great rescue or a great stop. Others are memorable because of the sheer magnitude of the fire or the size of the building-and sometimes the size of the loss. Having parking lots named after you also seems to immortalize certain fires. Sometimes, you remember the incident because the unusual circumstances surrounding it make it a “once-in-a-career” fire. This is one of those responses. THE OCCUPANCY The fire building was an old one-story taxpayer of ordinary construction and approximately 25 feet wide by 80 feet deep. It was occupied by Marzigliano’s, a live produce store in West New York, New Jersey, that for decades had been a staple on Bergenline Avenue, a long thoroughfare lined with stores and mixed commercial-residential occupancies. Bergenline Avenue runs from the Jersey City line on the south end and…

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