UPDATE: Heights Fire Fighters Assisted with Meadowlands Blaze

Hasbrouck Heights volunteer fire fighters were at the scene providing assistance.

UPDATE 11:00 p.m. - Fire fighters from boroughs all throughout Bergen County, including Hasbrouck Heights, spent hours fighting the blaze in the Meadowlands on Wednesday.

NorthJersey.com reports the fire consumed 60 acres and was declared under control by Wednesday night.

Earlier Wednesday night, Mahwah Assistant Fire Chief Brad Stio told Patch the fire was mostly out by 8:30 p.m.

Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Richard Giarratana said their volunteer fire fighters were at the scene lending their assistance.

Chief Giarratana said the department sent one engine to assist as soon as they got the call for help.  Giarratana said he was called back into town to assist with another call but first assistant chief Pat Hayes and crew remained on the scene.

The huge, billowing black cloud of smoke from the Meadowlands brush fire could be seen for miles, as far as Teaneck, Wednesday afternoon and especially could be seen from just about anywhere in Hasbrouck Heights.

According to NorthJersey.com, this is the largest brush fire the Meadowlands has experienced in a decade. The report said the fire began sometime after 1 p.m. and the cause of the fire at the time was unknown.


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