BREAKING: Major fire in Harrison


Updated at 4:30 p.m.

A six-alarm fire is still giving firefighters trouble on Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard this afternoon, just as the West Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade is kicking off.

Reports say the fire broke out at around 12:30 p.m. in numerous, two-story attached homes and that fire can be seen shooting out of the roof of each building. Scanner traffic reveals firefighters have found heavy smoke in the rear of the buildings, as well.

Firefighters on scanners have also reported “trouble with water,” though it’s not immediately clear what the issues are.

One report indicates one of the buildings has collapsed and that numerous firefighters were injured by a backdraft that caused windows to break, sending debris flying (see Youtube video in posts below this

Photo By Alyssa Ficeto This photo was taken just moments ago from a few blocks away from the fire scene. Smoke continues to billow from the scene.

Photo By Alyssa Ficeto
This photo was taken at about 2 p.m. Sunday  from a few blocks away from the fire scene. Smoke continues to billow from the scene.

one). Five Jersey City firefighters were taken to hospital with injuries, officials say.

An eyewitness tells The Observer the fire is still burning as of 3:15 p.m.

The parade route, meanwhile, has been changed — and it will not proceed up Rodgers Boulevard from Harrison into Kearny as it normally would. It’s not immediately clear how the route will change.

The Jersey City, Kearny, East Newark Belleville and North Hudson Regional fire departments are on scene, providing mutual aid and alternate coverage, according to scanner traffic.

Please check back with The Observer for updates to this developing story.





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