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Walking Through Hoboken's History of Fire

The old Bloomfield Street station offers tours and activities for the whole family.

Celebrating the history and culture of the Hoboken firefighter, the Hoboken Fire Museum, at 213 Bloomfield St., has everything from gadgets and working engines to old uniforms and newspaper clippings.

Photos scattered throughout the museum document important fires and events and include a collection of Hoboken firemen who volunteered at the World Trade Center on Sept. 13, 2001, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Founded by former Deputy Chief Bill Bergin two decades ago, the museum was once an active station, starting in 1881 and lasting about 15 years with an all-volunteer crew. Since then, it has served the police department as well as local emergency medical personnel.

The museum is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2.

Lucky2BAlive September 07, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Amazing story, thank you for posting this. Hoboken should know that in the photo of the firefighters that helped out at GROUND ZERO is a name of a man named Anthony Cruz. Firefighter Cruz lost his own home to a fire a few months ago, he found out while in the hospital. He and his wife and kids lost everything including pets. If you read this, if you can find it in your heart, firefighter Cruz works out of the house on 13th and Washington and would likely appreciate any help from the public. The FD did a wonderful job with a bowling fundraiser recently. Anthony Cruz is a hero with guts and glory, guy would run in to a burning building without thinking about it to help any of us and risks his life every day to make sure we are safe. If you got it to spare, let Tony know you care.
pied piper September 08, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Hoboken's History of fire is a dark cloud. The history includes dozens and dozens of Hoboken people dying, by fires set in the middle of the night, for profit. The (then) local mayor and council denied help from the fbi to find the arsonists and protect the residents.. Instead, the (then) mayor informed the public that it was an ethnic issue involving hot headed lover's spats. Many children died in those fires. New condos replaced the burned out tenement homes. No one was charged or found guilty of arson.
Amanda Staab September 08, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Hi pied piper, You might like to read this series on the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps: http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/heroes-on-call. It covers some of what you mentioned.
mildreds soler September 08, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Hoboken's History of fire I remember that I was a child in the 1980 my family and I happen to be one of the victoms. we all had to sleep with one eye open and one eye closed. I lost many friends in my grammer school that was a sad time in my life. I will never forget.
Karen O'Shea September 08, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I remember that one Mildred, my children lost their classmates. Never forget.
Mattaccino September 09, 2011 at 02:21 PM
We're coming up on the 30th anniversary of an arson fire at 1200 Washington Street in which 13 people died I believe. Those who made money when these buildings went condo have blood on their hands. Hopefully, one day the truth will prevail but to date, not one has ever been charged.

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