Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hobokenite Jean Callan, 62, passed away over the weekend after suffering injuries in a fire in Marine View Plaza.
On Saturday morning, Frank Monte Magno telephoned Jean Callan to arrange a date for later in the week. For the last two years, Monte Magno and Callan — who grew up together in Hoboken — had a standing weekly date at a restaurant in the Mile Square. But that morning was the last time the pair would ever speak. Later that day, Callan, 62, was the victim of a fire in her apartment on the 11th floor of Marine View Plaza. She succumbed to her wounds on Sunday. "We were supposed to go out tonight," said Monte Magno on Wednesday afternoon. "Tonight we were supposed to go to Leo's." Leo's Grandevous was one of the couple's staples, as well as Oddfellow's Rest — Callan's favorite — before it closed. Monte Magno, 63, knew Callan since she was 16 …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A 62-year-old woman succumbed to her wounds due to the fire, according to the Jersey Journal.
A woman who was injured in a fire on Saturday afternoon in her Marine View Plaza aparment has died, the Jersey Journal reported Tuesday. The Jersey Journal identified the victim as 62-year-old Jean Callan, a fervent supporter of the Hoboken Library. After being rushed to the burn center at St. Barnabus, Callan succumbed to her wounds, according to the Jersey Journal. In an email sent to members of the Hoboken Library, Callan was described as "a wonderful, caring, loving woman," according to the Jersey Journal. The story also reported that "Callan’s two dogs also died from injuries sustained in the fire and a third dog was critically injured." No other apartments in the building suffered any damage, even though two floors were evacuated on…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A two-alarm fire broke out in uptown Hoboken on Tuesday night.
A two-alarm fire at the uptown Sims Pump Valve Companya t 1314 Park Ave. on Tuesday night caused the evacuation of an entire city block but didn't injure anybody, Hoboken police said. The fire started around 9:40 p.m. when a machine at Sims apparently caught fire. The fire spread to a nearby office, according to the police report. Traffic was diverted at Fourteenth Street and Park Avenue. Buildings on the east side of Willow Avenue and the west side of Park Avenue were evacuated. When the fire was under control a little more than an hour after it started, residents were permitted back into their houses. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire comes about a week and a half after a blaze heavily damaged two …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The three alarm fire on Sunday afternoon was probably caused by a cigarette butt, according to police reports.
Sunday afternoon's fire on downtown Madison Street seems to have been started by a cigarette butt, police said. One of the residents of 72 Madison St. — the building where the fire originated — told police that he had been smoking a cigarette on the balcony. The wind blew off the bud from the balcony. Moments later, the 26-year-old told police, smoke started coming from the area where his cigarette had fallen. The fire broke out around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, heavily damaging two buildings and minor damage to one more. The six surrounding buildings were also evacuated, but residents were allowed back in after the fire was knocked out. In total, 72 Madison St. had five tenants, spread out over two apartments. The building's basement …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The building was heavily damaged by a fire in December.
The city's partial demolition of the building on First and Jackson Streets that was heavily damaged by a fire in December 2011, is scheduled for completion at the end of next week, Councilman Tim Occhipinti said during Wednesday night's council meeting. Environmental Services Director Leslie Schenkler, whose department is in charge of the demolition, told the councilman before the meeting, Occhipinti said. The city stepped in after the building's landlord failed to take the necessary action. The city is paying for the work and will put a tax lien on the property to be paid by the landlord for the work.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
A fire destroyed the building at the corner of First and Jackson on Dec. 17, 2011.
Remediation and demolition is scheduled to start on Friday at First and Jackson Streets, the site of a major fire last December. The fire, which displaced five tenants, destroyed the second story of the building, which consisted mostly of wood. The ground floor—consistent of mostly brick—is still intact and can be salvaged. Engineers have advised a partial demolition of the building. While residents have complained about the lack of work being done at the site, the city have told the property owner to take action. The City ordered the property owner to conduct the required demolition work, but the owner didn't complete the work before the deadline. "The City was prepared to step in, conduct the demolition, and place a lien against the …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Dozens of people left homeless by fire that began around 11 p.m. on Friday.
A fire on the fourth floor of an apartment building at 917 Clinton Street left dozens of people homeless early Saturday. The three-alarm fire broke out around 11 p.m. Friday. By 12:20 a.m., the fire was out, but 51 families were unable to get back into their apartment building. At least six people sustained minor injuries and four firemen were taken to the hospital. City Spokesman Juan Melli, who was at the scene, said that residents of neighboring 915 Clinton St.—which was also evacuated earlier in the evening—were allowed back inside a little after 1 a.m. Three apartments seemed to have been damaged by the fire, and water damage to others was expected. The exact amount of damage to the building was unclear early Saturday morning. Two …
Friday, March 9, 2012
A small fire broke out after noon on Friday on Newark Street and Park Avenue.
Hoboken fire fighters put out a small fire on the fifth floor of a condo building at 80 Park Ave., on Friday a little after noon. According to city spokesman Juan Melli, nobody was home at the time and nobody was hurt.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
It's been about a week and a half since a devastating fire destroyed 300 Washington St.
The demolition of 300 Washington St., the five-story building that was heavily damaged in a fire on Sunday Feb. 18, is ongoing and Washington St. is still closed between Second and Fourth Streets, re-routing traffic and NJ Transit buses. This weekend, however, Washington Street will be temporarily re-opened for cars and buses, according to city spokesman Juan Melli. With the large amount of visitors expected for Saturday's LepreCon, the construction crane will be placed somewhere else for the day. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The top of the building was most heavily damaged, and the top floors were deemed unsalvagable by the city's engineers. It's unclear how much longer the construction will go on and how long …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Firemen were still putting out the fire around 11 a.m. on Monday.
The cause of Sunday night's devastating fire was still undetermined on Monday morning, according to Fire Chief Richard Blohm, and the blaze was still under investigation. The fire—which started on the ground floor according to one eyewitness on the scene on Sunday—spread through the entire five-story building, causing the interior of the building to collapse. New Hoboken Farm, the grocery on the ground floor, as well as Treasure Island Jewelry, also located on the ground floor, seemed to be completely destroyed. Firemen were still putting out the fire around 11 a.m. on Monday and Washington Street, which still strongly smelled like smoke, was blocked off between Second and Fourth Streets. While it's unclear how many people were …