Firefighters were called to battle a blaze at 1200-1220 26th St. on Friday, March 2.
By 2 p.m. it had grown to a 5-alarm fire in the 12-unit Applied Housing residential apartment complex.
Applied Housing employees helped rescue and guide residents to safety. One of Applied Housing’s senior vice presidents was treated for smoke inhalation while assisting at the scene.
Firefighters from North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue found themselves battling difficult weather conditions in addition to the blaze itself. High winds buffeted the area and heavy smoke filled the street, while water that was sprayed at the fire appeared to quickly turn to ice.
The fire started half a block from Kennedy Boulevard, across from Union City High School. North Bergen police and OEM were among the first responders, along with representatives from Union City, Jersey City, Hoboken, and the Hudson County Sheriff's Office.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco was on the scene along with Commissioner Julio Marenco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, Parking Authority Director Robert Baselice, and other township officials. NB C.A.R.E.S. is working hard to assist any displaced families.
Some streets in the area are closed to traffic. Motorists and pedestrians are strongly urged to use caution in the area.