On Nov. 9, Engine Co. 11 of the North Hudson Regional Fire Department noticed black smoke and flames from their firehouse and called in the alarm for a fire in a warehouse.
The fire turned out to be at 6308 Jackson St between 62nd and 63rd Streets. With heavy fire showing a second alarm was struck and soon after the third Battalion Chief ordered a 3rd alarm.
The fire building was a 150 deep building that extended to Polk St. in the rear. While it looked like a one-story building from the front, the back third of the building was actually two stories. The fire quickly extended to several homes surrounding the warehouse. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. Ladder Companies four and two set up ladder pipe operations. Eventually a fourth alarm was transmitted.
The fifth alarm brought mutual aid companies in from Jersey City and Hoboken. It took approximately three hours for this fire to be put under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The North Hudson RAC bus and Jersey City's Car 26 provided much needed rehab for the firefighters on the scene.