Monday, March 11, 2013
MULTI-ALARM FIRE SENDS 6 FIREFIGHTERS TO THE HOSPITAL, UNDERSCORES THE DANGERS OF THE JOB
I've covered thousands of fires during my career as a reporter. Large fires, like the one in Harrison, NJ I covered for 1010 WINS tends to attract a lot of onlookers. People seem almost entranced, watching firefighters battling a huge blaze. But sometimes we forget how dangerous that job is.
Firefighting can turn dangerous - even deadly - in the blink of an eye. This fire was a case in point.
It began in a Mexican restaurant with apartments overhead. And quickly spread to the two-story apartment building next door.
It was rolling as Harrison firefighters pulled up to the scene. Mutual aid was requested, and the Jersey City Fire Department responded.
As Jersey City firefighters attempted to enter one of the buildings, the unpredictable and dangerous possibility occurred. As soon as the oxygen from the outside hit - there was a backlash.
The resulting explosion literally blew firefighters back - flying onto the sidewalk and street. Six Jersey City firefighters - including a battalion chief directing the attack - were injured and taken to the hospital.
Last check they were going to be alright. But what happened in Harrison is a reminder how dangerous firefighting can be.
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