UNION CITY – A two-alarm fire on the top floor of 4114 Bergenline Ave. in Union City was called in at 12:43 p.m. on Wednesday after flames were spotted venting from the windows facing the street, North Hudson Regional Fire Chief Frank Montaigne reported.
The two-story brick building houses a jewelry store on the first floor and residences on the second, he said. The fire department responded, and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the floor window that faced Bergenline, and companies went to the roof to ventilate it, Montaigne said.
Because the entrance to the residences was in the back of the building, fire fighters had to run two hose lines through the front of the store and up into the residences to extinguish the fire.
All of the people were evacuated and no one was injured, Montaigne said, and the fire was under control in about 30 minutes. The families upstairs had to be relocated. The investigation as to what began the fire is ongoing.