ELIZABETH, NJ – All available Elizabeth firefighters were called to a three-alarm blaze in the attic of a three-family home on Alina Street that started at 8:58 a.m. and was under control by 10:03. No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation.
The Elizabeth firefighters were assisted by engines from Union and Hillside. Newark sent two engines and a ladder, along with a fire chief, making the blaze an actual four-alarm. A total of 100 firefighters responded. They were needed because of the fire’s extreme heat.
“The heat pushes the fire fighters back,” explained Deputy Chief Lathey Wirkus. “They carry heavy equipment and only one air tank, and you need a lot of manpower to push the line through and open up the roof. It was a very hot fire.”
Rev. Joseph Adair, the city’s relocation chief, was standing nearby. “I’m waiting for the Red Cross,” he said, adding, “There was a baby in the house that needs open heart surgery.”