Sunday, February 14, 2016

Community: How to Help the Victims of the Washington Street Fire


Community: How to Help the Victims of the Washington Street Fire

Dear Horsey & MSV readers:

A fire that began at 505 Washington Street shortly after 10pm last night spread to 507 Washington Street and was under control by 2am. While no residents were hurt, 14 firefighters were treated for minor injuries from frostbite, slip and falls, and smoke inhalation. 

“Thank you to the entire Hoboken Fire Department, along with the Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Environmental Services, Parking Utility, and Community Emergency Response Team for keeping everyone safe under extremely difficult and frigid conditions,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thank you to the Jersey City Fire Department, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, and the Teaneck Fire Department for providing mutual aid and to the Stevens Police Department and Hudson County Sheriffs Office for patrolling our city while the Hoboken Police Department was at the fire scene. Thank you also to the Hoboken Daily News at 500 Washington Street for the generous hospitality and for providing a place for our first responders to stay warm." 

While all residents were evacuated safely, the buildings and contents of 505 and 507 Washington Street suffered severe damage from fire and water. The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul is coordinating a fundraising effort for the fire victims. Donations can be made online by visiting: https://spphoboken.com/contents/social_justice/hoboken-fire-fundraiser.php

Saints Peter and Paul is also organizing a fundraiser. Details will be announced shortly.