A Nor-Easter deposited several inches of snow on a Northern New Jersey that was still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy that passed through just over a week before. Little Ferry was one of the hardest hit inland towns with extensive tidal flooding and wind damage. The flooding had receded, but power was out for most of the town when on November 7th, a three alarm fire struck the darkened town at the height of the snowfall.
At about 9:30 PM, companies were dispatched to 185 Woodland Rd. for a report of a fire. Heavy fire on the second floor and attic of a 2 ½ story dwelling greeted first arriving companies. A second alarm was transmitted bringing mutual aid to the scene. An interior attack was commenced, but was abandoned as the flames grew. Two tower ladders, a deck gun and several handlines knocked the fire back and members re-entered. Companies were withdrawn again as the fire in the attic intensified. Extensive opening up of the roof and dormers enabled a final interior attack that knocked all the visible fire down.
In spite of the challenging weather conditions and the flames, no serious injuries were reported. Units from Moonachie, South Hackensack, Ridgefield Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge, Hackensack, and Box 54 assisted at the scene. The cause is under investigation, but with no power, a candle is a likely possibility.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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