On Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Linden Police and Fire units responded to the 1000 block of West Elizabeth Ave on a reported smoke condition. Units arriving on scene quickly located a fire in an abandoned warehouse next to the NJ Transit train tracks.
NJ Transit suspended service due to the close proximity to the tracks. The 3-alarm fire was brought under control by firefighters from Linden and surrounding towns, who responded as part of the Union County Mutual Aid System. As a precaution, Union County Hazmat crews were on scene monitoring air quality throughout the response due to the potential contaminants on the property. One Clark Firefighter injured during the incident. He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries and later released.
Shortly after 4:00 a.m. LFD declared the fire completely contained, and NJ Transit resumed full service. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Fire Investigators from Linden and Union County. The dangerous conditions at the property, which has been targeted for redevelopment by City Officials after years of neglect, has slowed Investigator’s access to the building.
“A number of Fire, Police, and EMS agencies were responded to this fire, and we are very pleased with the coordination involved” said Linden Fire Chief Joseph Dooley. “Conditions on the property were very dangerous, so to get this fire under control quickly and without anyone being seriously hurt is a great job.”