HACKENSACK, N.J. — In the days since a four-alarm blaze ravaged commercial buildings on Main Street in Hackensack — one of which was the Hackensack Riverkeeper offices a week ago today — the Hackensack Riverkeeper has started a GoFundMe page asking the community at large for monetary donations to begin rebuilding efforts.
More than $13,000 has been raised towards their $20,000 goal in the last five days since the page has been active.
“As your Riverkeeper, I am devastated by what’s happened,” wrote Captain Bill Sheehan on the GoFundMe page. “But rest assured that all of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper are on the job and on patrol. Fire cannot — and will not — stop our mission. Please keep Hackensack Riverkeeper in your thoughts at this terrible time. We know that we will recover from this; of that you can be sure. With your support, we know this fund will alleviate much of the pressure and challenges we will face as our rebuilding begins”
On Saturday, May 16 after 6 p.m., a fire started mysteriously inside 227 Main Street, NJ Modern Kitchen and Bath and created thick clouds of gray smoke that billowed from the structure, ravaging the building and neighboring properties. To make matter worse, the fire ruptured a gas line, which resulted in significant structural damage. City firefighters battled the blaze -- the cause of which is still being investigated -- for four hours. No serious injuries were reported and no one was in the buildings at the time of the fire.
Donations can be made by visiting the Hackensack Riverkeeper’s GoFundMe page.