Emily DroobyFeb 11, 2018, 10:36 pmFeb 12, 2018, 5:12 pm

Woman rescued from top floor of burning building in Jersey City

The 2-alarm fire displaced several families, injured firefighter


JERSEY CITY — A 2-alarm fire tore through a Jersey City apartment building Sunday afternoon and resulted in a rescue. The top floor of the 143 Palisade Ave. apartment building was destroyed by flames and caused fire and water damage to a nearby building.

"Heavy damage on that upper floor and into that roof area too. We did have to cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and fire," Jersey City Fire Chief Steven McGill said.

The fire call came in around 12:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and while fire officials were on scene within 3 minutes of the call, they were met with heavy fire upon arrival.

Firefighters were able to get all residents safely out of the building; however, they did have to help get at least one person out after the fire began extending to the adjacent exposure.

“The issue was the person on the top floor was non-ambulatory. So, she couldn't make her way down. So, we actually had to go up there and actually carry her down. There was a heavy amount of smoke in there, so it was a dangerous condition. But we were able to get her out safely," Chief McGill said.

While no residents were injured, one firefighter suffered a minor injury after slipping while attempting to put up a ground ladder. He was brought to a local hospital to treat a broken finger. It's no surprise conditions were slippery because it was consistently raining all afternoon.

Chief McGill says at least two or three families from two buildings have been displaced due to both fire and water damage. Those families are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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