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153 Main Street fire
« on: October 24, 2018, 06:45:04 PM »
NorthJersey.com: UPDATE: Demolition of Hackensack furniture store underway after fire

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/hackensack/2018/10/24/downtown-hackensack-nj-furniture-store-fire/1749514002/



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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 07:23:43 PM »
Buy and Save 2 Furniture" (first pic - courtesy of Google))  at 149, 153, 155, 153-155, or 158 (the Internet cant seem to agree on the address, but it cant be 158..not on THAT side of the street) burned down today.

I happened to be talking to Editor on the phone when he said he had to go to the scene and to meet him there. I looked out my window and (second pic).

I approached it from the back end because I knew Main St would be a mess and the billowing smoke headed across Main to the southeast. If you know where C-Town is on State St, the affected building is behind that on Main. Right next door is one of the 346 new Hackensack projects  and across Main is the seemingly forever non-vertical Hole.

Behind the engulfed building was a much better place to shoot. The roof of the next-door parking garage was a particularly interesting vantage point (see the stitch at the end).

Walking down Mercer to Moore was kind of a waste of time (I posted ONE picture  - IMG_4525). The Nixel notice popped up a minute before I took that shot.

Main St was WAY too congested to get decent shots. Besides, at a certain point, you couldnt see anything because of all the smoke (next-to-last shot).

The rumor is that the building MAY be torn down tonight, so I might go over there and see if theres any room on Main St for me and my tripod.


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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 10:22:47 PM »
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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 06:41:46 PM »
I had heard a rumor yesterday that they might be tearing the building down last night, burt no one seemed to know what time.

The last time I shot something like that, it was at 76 Main and - as I recall - that was pretty late in the evening. For some reason, I decided to go around 8pm.

I was over 3 hours too late. I could have shot it in daylight and maybe have gotten some good stop-action shots..............oh well - next time.

When I got there last night, a cop stopped me and was nice enough to get out of his car and walk down Main St to see if someone would clear me. While I waited - and in case, it was a "no" - I put my camera on something that was on the sidewalk that was two feet tall and flat, set the exposure and timer, zoomed in and took the first shot. Can't go home empty-handed, right?

The cop waved me in.

I set up the tripod dead-center in front of the pile. There's not a lot of shot variety to be had in shooting a pile of rubble at night, so I took the 2-photo stitch (second shot) and a couple of others and talked to a fireman, who turned out to be a contributing HackensackNow.org member. He showed me some of the practically-point-blank video he shot.

I urged him to post the video here, so we'll see if he's still a contributing member in good standing (no pressure, Mike!).

The pile was being water-hosed from behind because there were still some hot spots, but then they started hosing from the front, so the last shot shows both.

I went back this morning because Main St was still closed from Atlantic to Mercer and there was still some hot-spot hosing going on. There was a new problem: a sinkhole had developed on Main St in the vicinty of where I was shooting from last night. (It wasn't me, officer). I couldn't see it because trucks were in the way, but I shot other stuff that I'll post tomorrow.


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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2018, 08:30:56 AM »
I hope there is a corner stone that can be salvaged & place in the new PAC Center ???

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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2018, 03:40:13 PM »
The scene yesterday morning:

1 - I parked on Moore St and I'm glad I took this shot right away because the hose was turned off by the time I made it around to Main St.

2 - Once again, I was stopped by a cop who asked for my press credentials. Once again, I explained my story and - once again, it was a nice cop who walked down the street, spoke with someone and waved me in. I was not allowed by get any closer than 161 Main, so I couldn't shoot the whole pile straight on as I had done the night before. This was as much of the pile as I could get from Main St, but it allowed me to get the scene that resembled a battleground right next to the Battleground store. Oh yeah - there was one other reason they wouldn't let me get dead-center: a sinkhole had formed in the street at that spot. There were trucks on either side of the hole, so I couldn't get a shot of it. Maybe that's why Main was closed today.

3 - It's VERY fortunate that all this wood didn't burn up - ESPECIALLY since the gusty wind was pointed almost right at it.

4 - The men are standing on a dirt pile across the street at the Hole project (probably not the official name, but it's been appropriate for too long).

5 - Do NOT cross from the front of the box to the back!

6 - There will be a slight delay in completing the installation of the new building's diving board/plank-to-walk.

7 - "Fire in the Hole!" Well, across the street from it. (It's a stitch - start scrolling left to right)


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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 02:00:00 PM »
I took this 6 months ago. You can see part of the building's twin peaks and the old ad for the McCrory's that was a predecessor of the furniture store. I'm guessing that the ad is part of the rubble pile, especially since it wasn't visible at the time of the fire and there was no way to save it anyway.

I also have a stitch of the ad that includes the then-just-started-on new building next door at 149 Main.


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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2018, 02:06:16 PM »
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Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2018, 09:27:54 PM »
Hackensack has lost ANOTHER building of significant historic character, one that I had long hoped would be someday restored to it's original glory.

 

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