Newark Fire Division responds to four fires

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Fire Division responded to four fires on Thursday, Aug. 25, with six non-life threatening injuries sustained by fire personnel.

At approximately 5:17 p.m., firefighters responded to a call at Welco Acetylene Corp., a one-story commercial building located at 321 Roanoke Ave, Newark. The fire was declared under control approximately 30 minutes later. One victim, an employee of the business, was  received non-life threatening burns and was transported by EMS to University Hospital for treatment.

At approximately 5:36 p.m., firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire on the third floor of a vacant building in Seth Boyden Housing Complex. The fire, was brought under control at approximately 7 p.m.

A smaller fire on the first floor of another building in the complex was quickly extinguished by firefighters who were already on the scene.

Six firefighters received medical treatment for minor non-life threatening injuries while fighting the fires in Seth Boyden, with all being treated and released.

At approximately 11:10 p.m., firefighters responded to a vacant three-story warehouse on Virginia Street and Frelinghuysen Avenue. Two females and one male were rescued from the building and transported by EMS to University Hospital. The fire was declared under control at approximately 11:43 p.m. There were no reported injuries to the civilians or firefighters at this fire.

Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose stated, “The cause and origins of these four fires remains under investigation by the Arson Squads of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Fire Division. The Prosecutor’s Squad can be reached at 877-847-7432 and the Fire Division at 973-733-7510.”