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Two Newark, NJ firefighters killed in ship fire

Multiple maydays after firefighters became lost and trapped on burning ship docked in the Port of Newark Wednesday night

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Two Newark firefighters were killed after they became trapped while fighting a fire on a ship docked at Port Newark Wednesday night.

The fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. at Export Street and Marsh Street in Newark.

Newark Firefighters were dispatched to the location following a report of multiple vehicles on fire on a ship at Port Newark.

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The fire broke out around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 10th floor of the ship docked by Corbin and Marsh streets. Officials said half a dozen vehicles on the 10th floor of the ship caught fire, then spread to the two floors above.

Officials confirmed two firefighters went missing, then reached out to other agencies for help, but they were eventually found and pronounced dead on the scene.

“Our prayers go out to them, to their families, to their brothers and sisters in the fire department who fought beside them tonight and probably many fires before this one,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “I saw acts of bravery and comradery today that are unparalleled. And it’s very, very, very traumatic for all of us.”

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