BAYONNE, NJ - Mayor Jimmy Davis gathered a mini-army on Wednesday to provide continued support to the victims of the Andrew Street fire that occurred last Saturday.
Davis was joined by Council-President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, 1st Ward Councilman Neil Carroll III, and 2nd Ward Councilman Sal Gullace and Bayonne’s Office of Emergency Management at the city hall meeting that also included the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) and representatives from several Hudson County organizations with resources to assist the more than two dozen residents that were displaced by the five-alarm blaze that led to the complete destruction of three residential buildings.
“We are here to try and help you put the pieces back together. This will be a long road, but Bayonne stands with you as you try to get back to normal,” Davis assured the victims. “So many people, in and out of government, have been calling or texting me offering assistance. The Governor texted me as well as other mayors and they all want to help! No one will be left behind.”
“Look at how Bayonne steps up for their neighbors,” Bayonne’s OEM Coordinator Junior Ferrante said. “My phone hasn’t stopped with offers of assistance from so many people. It really is great to see such an outpouring of community!”
According to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver the fire, which has been deemed accidental, was an electrical fire that started on the 2nd floor of 84 Andrew Street. Occupants, the investigation showed, attempted to deal with the fire themselves causing an at least five minute delay in emergency response that allowed the fire to grow in size quickly.