5 years ago today … Maple Street fire in brutally cold & windy conditions

Some stories are impossible to forget, including this one from Jan. 5, 2018. The wind was fierce, and so the temperatures felt well below 0º — and a fire broke out on Maple Street, just north of Bergen Avenue, in Kearny. Here’s a look at some photos from the fire scene. We were at the scene for about 19 minutes that day. (We had thought we were there for at least 45 — but it was so cold it only seemed that long.) The two affected homes were completely torn down a few days after the fire. (Click on images to see them in larger form.)

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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, an organization he has served since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, and X, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to Kearny to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.