Winds Fuel New Jersey Fire; Business, Apartments Destroyed

Fire engulfed devoured a business and apartments in New Jersey Wednesday morning as high winds fanned the flames, firefighters said.

The fast moving fire, which started around 1:30 a.m., burned through the Headquarters Bar and Grill and apartments on the second floor of the building.

Fire crews from the Irvington and other fire departments were at the Florence Avenue location for hours trying to bring the flames under control.

The fire was mostly contained by 5 a.m., although the wreckage of the structure was still smoking and the roof had collapsed in.

One of the residents who was evacuated from the building said that his son called him before he knew what was happening.

“He said, ‘They got fire,’ and soon after the fire department coming and knocked my door,” he said.

Firefighters were encased in ice as they tried to battle the blaze amid freezing, windy conditions.

No one was reported injured in the blaze, although it’s unclear if firefighters suffered any injuries from the subzero temperatures.

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