A seven alarm fire tore through a large commercial building in Elizabeth on December 18th, bringing in mutual aid from four counties and the FDNY to battle the fire and cover the empty firehouses. The fire started shortly before 5:00 AM at the Portuguese Auto Repair Company at 200 Seventh Street. Heavy smoke and fire was pushing from the front of the 100’X150’ one story building. A second alarm was transmitted on arrival, followed shortly by a third. Additional alarms continued to be transmitted as water supply soon became a problem. Long stretches to bigger mains were required to supply the water needed.
Several frame dwellings were an exposure problem on the “B”/”C” corner. The Linden Tower was set up and successfully protected them. Eventually, four elevated master streams, several Blitzfire monitors, and handlines were able to hold the flames to the original fire building. Companies from across Union County, as well as units from Essex, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties and a full response from FDNY rigs from Staten Island took part in the operation. The fire was able to be placed “Probably will hold” at about 8:30. No serious injuries were reported.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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