Two firefighters died in a ship fire in Port Newark Ship’s crew

Fire on Grimaldi Lines roll-on/roll-off container ship Greater Ivory Coast kills two firefighters at the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in New York and New Jersey Harbor.

July 6 (Reuters) – Two New Jersey firefighters were killed after becoming trapped while fighting a blaze on a cargo ship docked in Port Newark, officials said on Thursday, and television footage showed some smoke continuing to rise from the ship .

The ship was carrying about 5,000 motor vehicles, and the fire erupted in several cars on the upper floors late Wednesday, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said.

“It’s a very big structure that these guys had to break through,” Baraka told reporters at the port. Rescuers from fire companies from across New Jersey came to help locate two Newark firefighters “who sadly didn’t make it.”

Aerial footage shared by ABC News showed a fireboat dousing an upper deck of the cargo ship with water. CBS News, citing a public safety spokesman, said much of the fire had been put out but emergency responders were still working to bring it under control.

Port Newark, near New York City, is part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is one of the largest in the United States and one of the busiest on the US East Coast.

Newark Fire Chief Rufus Jackson told reporters the loss of the two fighters was a tragedy for the city.

“This is no ordinary fire for the city of Newark and Newark firefighters,” he said. “It’s a different kind of fire, and they’re still willing to put themselves on the line.”

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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