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Press Release | Oct. 22, 2023

Coast Guard, partner agencies responding to scrap barge fire in Jersey City, New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The Jersey City Fire Department, New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force, the Coast Guard and FDNY are responding to a scrap barge fire in Jersey City.

Coast Guard Sector New York watchstanders received an initial call of a fire aboard a scrap metal barge moored at Sims Metal in Jersey City at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

A Coast Guard Station New York response boat crew, along with Sector New York prevention and response teams, joined multiple area agencies, including the Jersey City Fire Department, two New Jersey Regional Fireboat Task Force vessels and an FDNY fireboat as part of a joint response to the ongoing incident.

There have been no reports of injuries on the barge. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No marine pollution has been reported as a result of the incident. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor firefighting efforts and assess environmental impacts.