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90 displaced by three-alarm Kearny fire on Sunday

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Above: A woman awaits rescue on a fire escape at a Beech St. fire Sunday afternoon in Kearny. She was ultimately brought to safety without incident. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Taylor via Youtube).

By Karen Zautyk
Observer Correspondent

KEARNY —

A three-alarm fire in an apartment building on Beech St. at the Belleville Pike on Sunday afternoon displaced 90 residents, but everyone was evacuated safely, authorities reported.

Fire Chief Steve Dyl said the blaze broke out in a third-floor apartment at 425 Beech St. at 3:58 p.m. and was under control by 4:57 p.m. Along with the KFD, firefighters from North Arlington, Harrison, Jersey City and North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue were at the scene.

One woman was rescued from a fire escape by KFD Capt. Gary Dye and FF Bill Crockett. Other occupants of the 41-unit, five-story brick building were evacuated, many with the help of Kearny Police Officers Frank West and Chris Levchak, Dyl noted.

No injuries were reported, and firefighters said “multiple cats” were also rescued.

Photo Courtesy of Andy Taylor via Youtube. A resident is helped down on a ladder at a Beech St. fire Sunday afternoon. Photo Courtesy of Andy Taylor via Youtube. A resident is helped down on a ladder at a Beech St. fire Sunday afternoon.

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Taylor via Youtube. A resident is helped down on a ladder at a Beech St. fire Sunday afternoon.

One of the factors aiding the evacuation was the existence of fire doors in the building’s hallways, Dyl said.

“These helped control the smoke,” allowing residents to escape safely, he said.

The Red Cross found temporary shelter for five of the displaced tenants, but the rest reportedly were staying with friends or relatives. As of Monday, no one had yet been allowed to return, pending a safety inspection.

The unit where the fire started was severely damaged, Dyl said, with some minor damage to the apartment above.

The cause is under investigation.

Video of yesterday’s Beech Street fire

Thank you, Andy Taylor, for the great video.

‘House, M.D.’ meets ‘Royal Pains’ in new USA drama ‘Rush’

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By Kevin Canessa Jr.
Observer Correspondent 

Take the pill-popping Dr. Gregory House, from “House, M.D.,” and combine him with the concierge medicine of Hankmed on “Royal Pains,” and you’ve got TV’s newest — and perhaps darkest — TV doctor on USA Network’s “Rush.”

Dr. William P. Rush, played by Tom Ellis, is one of L.A.’s hottest doctors. It’s not because he’s a great diagnostician as House is — or just because he makes house calls like Dr. Hank Lawson does. But it’s because he’ll make the house calls for the rich and famous, and regardless of what he sees, he’ll keep his mouth shut.

And in the premiere episode, did he ever witness a lot that required discretion.

Without giving away too much of the plot, because we want you to watch the show and this first episode yourself, let’s just say Rush overlooked a professional baseball player who has a reputation for an intense temper and for laying his hands on his girlfriend. Read more »

‘Law & Order UK’ brings twists that couldn’t work in the USA

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By Kevin Canessa Jr.
Observer Correspondent 

If you’re a fan of the “Law and Order” series — and let’s face it, who in America hasn’t at one point or another sat down to watch one or more episodes of the many versions of the show? — you certainly know how intense the show is here stateside.

What many don’t know is that for the last six years, there’s been a British version of “Law and Order” — all episodes are based on the original American version — and it’s by far the best created to date.

As is often the case in the U.K., the seasons of “Law and Order UK” are quite short. There have been eight “series” or seasons and the most there’s ever been in a series is 13 episodes. The current series, the eighth, ended late in April with eight episodes.

There are some major parallels in the show. And some noticeable differences.

The show starts off with the words familiar to American viewers: “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups.” But it changes here. “The police who investigate crime, and the Crown Prosecutors who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”

In the U.K., the Crown Prosecutors handle prosecutions. Read more »

Video shows overturned ambulance in Lyndhurst

Many thanks to Steven Greco for allowing us to use his video. We’re grateful.

 

BREAKING: Youtube video of Harrison fire

BREAKING: Youtube video shows violent backdraft that injured firefighters at Harrison fire

BREAKING: Major fire in Harrison

We’re gathering the details of a major fire on Warren Street in Harrison this evening. In the interim, here is video footage of the fire that was uploaded to Youtube. Please check back for more details.

 

VIDEO: Bunny Hill in Kearny after the snow

Thanks to Vance Green for the great video.