UNION CITY AND BEYOND -- Three residential buildings were involved in a fire in Union City on Tuesday afternoon that originated at 1911 Palisade Ave. The five-alarm fire drew companies from neighboring towns to battle the blaze, which began shortly before 4 p.m. and was brought under control around 5 p.m.
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Co-Director Jeff Welz said that the fire began outdoors in the rear of 1911 Palisade Ave. and ran up the building and onto the roof, where it spread to two neighboring buildings (1909 and 1913 Palisade Ave.), one of which is home to Union City Commissioner Christopher Irizarry.
Six families, including that of Irizarry, were displaced by the fire.
Mayor Brian Stack and all Union City Commissioners were on the scene assessing the damage and speaking with residents. Union City Spokesman Mark Albiez said that the city would be assisting the displaced families by getting them into hotels and helping them with relocation. A fund will also be set up for those who wish to assist the victims of the fire.
Welz said that everyone was able to get out safely, even one pit bull who was rescued from the basement.
Although there were no civilian injuries, a few firefighters had to be treated for heat related issues. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.