KFD confines Chestnut St. fire to private garage; no car inside


There was no car inside a garage that erupted in flames last week on Chestnut Street in Kearny. Fire officials say that was fortunate.

KEARNY — A private garage on Chestnut St. erupted in flames last Thursday night, but luckily, fire officials said, there was no car in the structure at the time.

The garage, behind a home at 766 Chestnut, was completely engulfed, and “the whole thing was in danger of collapse,” Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said.

Flames had started licking at the house, but the KFD managed to keep the blaze confined to the garage, and the house suffered only minor damage, some melted siding, Dyl said.

No injuries were reported.

All KFD units responded to the 10:30 p.m. alarm, and the fire was declared under control just 15 minutes later. Jersey City and Harrison provided backup coverage to Kearny while the KFD was at the scene.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation.

— Karen Zautyk

The Observer Staff