Five Businesses Damaged In Fatal Hoboken Fire Raise Funds | Hoboken, NJ Patch – PatchFitness
HOBOKEN, NJ — Two people lost their lives and several small businesses were damaged in a fire at the Hoboken Chambord factory building on Monday, but those affected are now trying to raise money on-line. READ MORE: Prosecutor Releases Victim’s Name In Hoboken Fire
[UPDATE: More businesses are seeking help, and some are frustrated with a lack of information. Read more here.]
At least five small businesses so far have started fundraisers, including two gyms, a Black-owned fitness studio, and a family-owned home furnishing warehouse.
The city is also collecting funds for affected businesses through the HobokenReliefFund.com.
Five Business Fundraisers
This information was released from the businesses, on social media, and through GoFundMe:
Tonal Art Music Center — Located at 38B Jackson St., owner Matt Panayides said, “I’m the owner along with my wife Hyeseon Hong. We’ve been at Chambord Place since 2014. … One year ago we moved into our dream space 38B Jackson Street, and we renovated the space. I have six other teachers working for me.”
Their fundraiser is here: https://gofund.me/4d8d3193
Barbell Fitness — Barbell Fitness, owned by Ryan Erasmus, was damaged in the fire.
Business page: https://hobokenbarbell.com/
Alter Ego Pole Fitness – Alter Ego Pole Fitness is a Black-owned studio that has been operating for 10 years. Owner Caprice Burrell launched her GoFundMe to help accommodate clients who booked parties that are now canceled. By Tuesday evening they had amassed a little over $260.
Fundraiser link: https://gf.me/v/c/gfm/reopening-of-alter-ego-pole-fitness
Naturalist Interiors – Director of Sales Kara Kelly launched a GoFundMe to help rebuild Naturalist Interiors, a family-owned and operated home furnishing warehouse. She wrote on Instagram: “To the other tenants in our building who also lost everything they have worked so hard for, we are with you. Our hearts break for you as we know your pain.” They had raised more than $10,000 by Tuesday evening.
Fundraiser link: https://gf.me/v/c/gfm/help-naturalist-rebuild-their-family-business
CrossFit Hoboken — CrossFit shared the fundraiser on Instagram and wrote: “We would like to thank everyone for their support after this devastating experience. Everyone that has reached out and shown kindness and support for us as a gym, as staff and as a community has been so greatly appreciated and much needed. We love you all so much.”
In just three hours, the community contributed over $33,000 and shared words of support and encouragement. Heather and Shawn Bostwick donated $500 and wrote: “Shawn and I were heartbroken yesterday when we heard what happened. The CFH community is something we love being a part of and can’t imagine being destroyed by this fire. Anything we can do to help rebuild we will.”
Two Lives Lost
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office says the county arson unit is investigating the fire and seeking more information.
They identified on Tuesday one of the victims: Rosemarie Vos, 60. A 61-year-old man was also lost. The Prosecutor’s Office would not say Tuesday where Vos lived or if she had a business in the building.
The fire at 38 Jackson St. in Hoboken — which houses the Chambord artistic wallpaper company and other small businesses, but no residences — began around midnight, officials said.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office released this information late Monday night:
“On Monday, Dec. 20, at approximately 12:20 a.m., a Hoboken Police Officer while on patrol heard a loud explosion in the area of Jackson Street in Hoboken. First responders to the area found an active fire in a warehouse located at 38 Jackson St.
“The Hoboken Fire Department responded and was assisted in extinguishing the fire by the Jersey City Fire Department and the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Department. The fire damaged several surrounding buildings and several of the building sustained severe water damage. The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is pending.
“During fire suppression activities, firefighters found two victims in the warehouse. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause and manner of death of the victims are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Regional Arson Task Force is actively investigating this incident with assistance from the Hoboken Fire Department and Hoboken Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.”
Onlookers posted photos and video on Twitter of the blaze:
The building is in the southwest corner of town, near the Jersey City border.
JerseyDigs had reported last summer that a developer was in the process of purchasing the property.
The three-alarm blaze was put out by morning, and some streets were temporarily closed as responders cleaned up.
Patch will update this story later if more information is available.
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