JERSEY CITY, N.J. (March 6, 2014) Four people were killed Thursday in a fast-moving fire in Jersey City, N.J., and the community’s mayor says a mix-up over the street name delayed firefighters' response.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says it took firefighters seven to eight minutes to get to the scene Thursday instead of the normal three to four minutes because a dispatcher misunderstood the caller who reported the blaze.
The fire broke out on Grant Avenue, but the initial caller did not specify street or avenue, and a dispatcher thought the person said "Grand" instead of "Grant," Fulop said.
Firefighters were dispatched to Grand Street instead of Grant Avenue.
Fulop says the home was already engulfed in flames when calls came in.
Neighbors say they believe the victims were a man and woman in their 80s and their two sons, who are in their 50s.