Clifton (NJ) Firefighters Battle Four-Alarm Fire

Structural firefighting:  Clifton (NJ) Firefighters Battle Four-Alarm Fire

Story and photos by Peter Danzo

At around 04:30 hours April 16, firefighters from the Clifton (NJ) Fire Department responded to 113 E. 6th St for a reported fire.

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While en route companies were advised that the police department was on the scene and reporting a working fire. Upon arrival of the first-due engine, heavy smoke found was pushing from the two-story, wood-frame dwelling with heavy fire in the rear.

A second alarm was requested and an interior attack was commenced, but as conditions deteriorated and fire extended into exposure D (a 2 1/2-story frame dwelling), all members were pulled from the buildings.

Two tower ladders, one deck gun, and several handlines were put into operation as heavy fire swept through out the original fire building and heavily damaged the second floor and attic of exposure D.

Third and fourth alarms were requested for additional personnel and for additional water supplies. Companies were hampered by poor water supply until additional supply lines were established.

The original fire building was a total loss and exposure D suffered heavy damage to the second floor and attic.

No civilians were reported injured but four firefiighters suffered minor injuries. The fire took several hours to control and the cause is under investigation.

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