PHOTOS: Several dozen firefighters doused a roaring pre-dawn fire in Paterson on Sunday that destroyed a warehouse owned by one of the Silk City's oldest businesses while threatening neighboring buildings.
Flames shooting through the roof met firefighters when they arrived at the Levine Industries warehouse on Florida Avenue near East Railway Avenue shortly after 4:30 a.m.
The roof eventually collapsed as they worked to drown the fire from various angles, keeping it contained.
The two-alarm blaze -- which went to two alarms for manpower -- was declared under control a little over an hour later.
Levine Industries, which makes boxes and packaging materials, has operated in Paterson for more than 85 years.
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About 10:45 Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, the Maplewood Fire Department responded to an alarm that there was an active fire in a residence at 75 Park Avenue.
They responded and upon arrival found the house full of thick black smoke. The Command on site put out a call for Mutual Aid as the amount of smoke indicated the possibility of a major fire.
The house had been evacuated prior to the firefighter’s arrival, and they were able to knock down the fire rather quickly. Automatic mutual aid was provided with one engine from South Orange under an existing agreement.
The fire was in the basement, localized to the clothes dryer, and the homeowner told TAPinto SOMA that he had attempted to put out the fire with his extinguisher, and that did not put it out, instead causing the heavy black smoke.
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Out of the thousands of national historic landmarks in the United States, Atlantic City Fire Station No. 2 was the only New Jersey site to receive $500,000 from the African American Civil Rights Grant program.
Forty-four projects in 15 states will be awarded a total of $16,247,500 from the program, National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said.
The grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and are given to states, local governments, tribes and nonprofits to preserve the history of African American struggles for civil rights.
This includes providing grants for rehabilitation, for which Fire Station No. 2 plans to use its $500,000. An additional $750,000 grant was awarded to the firehouse in October by the New Jersey Historic Trust, which will be used to complete exterior renovations.
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Public safety authorities in Hoboken will host a series of informal public meetings with residents to increase awareness of public safety initiatives and education campaigns, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced.
The Hoboken Community and Public Safety (CAPS) forums, hosted by new Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante and Hoboken City Council Public Safety Subcommittee Chair Councilman Joe Quintero, will be held every other month.
“Open and transparent lines of communication are critical to keeping our community safe and informed,” Bhalla said. “The new Hoboken CAPS series will bring together the city’s essential first-responders, residents, and business leaders, under one roof for open dialogue about current trends, concerns, and programs.”
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