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BREAKING VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Fire destroys Greenwald Caterers building in Lakewood [UPDATED]

A fire has ripped through a Lakewood business this evening.

The fire, at a commercial catering business on East 8th Street, broke out around 8 PM.

Sources tell TLS a nearby resident smelled gas at about 7:30 PM.

Flames can be seen shooting from the building.

Dozens of firefighters are battling the fire, which has caused the roof to collapse.

The entire block has been evacuated as a precaution.

UPDATE: Firefighters have been battling the fire for over three hours.

UPDATE: If you need a place to stay tonight or can host, please call Chesed of Lakewood at 7329010482 ext 1.

UPDATE: Update from the scene from Emergency Services Liaison Meir Lichtenstein.

Update from Fire Chief Mike D’Elia.

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There are 36 Comments to "BREAKING VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Fire destroys Greenwald Caterers building in Lakewood [UPDATED]"

  • Lakewood resident says:

    Where is this?

  • lakewood mom says:

    Any chance you could give us an address…street corner….general location??????

  • , says:

    Greenwald catering

  • David smith says:

    At Greenwald caterer on east 8th by the tracks

  • Anon says:

    E 8th st. Greenwald caterers

  • Yours truly says:

    E.7/8 Princeton/Park

  • jj says:

    Its located on E 8th & Princeton Ave

  • ExLFD says:

    When you need mutual aid, it’s going to be a loss. Hopefully there are no injuries or worse. The fire district should stop playing games and put that ladder truck they just bought for big money on the road as well as hire additional firefighters. You can only do so much with a staff of 4 and 750 gallons of water before assistance arrives. There are times when other towns call Lakewood for help and can not get it, and Lakewood calls other towns for all the general alarms, and sometimes other calls depending on what day of the week. Back in the day you would get 75 firefighters, sometimes more on a call and Lakewood was the one being called to assist other towns. There used to be career firefighters at Monmouth and 8th St., a couple of years ago, not now. Residents and firefighters lives, and property are at risk.

    • Jason says:

      For one , the new ladder truck was in service for this fire . stop spreading lies .your lies that you spread are disgusting , Your opinions are as wanted now as they were when you were a part of this dept ,

  • Brandon Panter says:

    Hello, I am with NBC10 Philadelphia. Did you take these videos? If so, could NBC have irrevocable permission to share your material for unlimited use by all partners, platforms, and media, worldwide, in perpetuity? Thank you.

  • st says:

    E 7th and Park area

  • Mr says:

    Greenwald caterers.
    Princeton and east 8th

  • Ek says:

    Greenwald catering. 8th streer

  • David smith says:

    Greenwald caterer at east 8th st

  • Zusman says:

    If you’re an emergency volunteer you know already If not no need to be there theyre evacuating the place due to thick smoke

  • Eli g says:

    E8th and princeton. Itcha Meir G is a great person hashem should help him overcome this fire to his business!

  • cool masmid says:

    Location is East 8th Street off Princeton Avenue.
    My heart goes out to all those affected by this fire.

  • cj says:

    Princeton & East 8th

  • lakewood says:

    where are the state fire helicopters? chemicals?, it is still burning dangerously.

  • s says:

    greenwald caterings

  • nosy too says:

    TLS is smart to not publish the address while the blaze is burning. Additional onlookers will only get in the way and prevent the firefighters from doing their duty.

    • Lakewood Mom says:

      I’m not looking for an address to go watch. I want to know where, so I can find out if any family members are in danger.

  • Lakewood says:

    Greenwald Caterers

  • esther says:

    It’s Greenwald Caterers

  • Homeless says:

    Anyone know when we can go back to our houses?

  • lakewooder says:

    greenwald caterers 41 e 8th st

  • Mom says:

    Oy. Hashem should help him rebuild and be there for the Klal. Bh no injuries.

  • Mosh c says:

    Oy poor mr. Greenwald he is a great guy we davined many years together at Rich Robert’s shul maybe Richard and the shul can get together and help him

  • SJS says:

    There is a chassidic saying “that after a fire, one becomes rich.” Next year, tov shin peh, stands for “tehiyeh shnas parnossah”. May Hashem bless Reb Greenwald and all of those affected to become rich.

  • Lwood resident says:

    This place is located over the tracks by 7th street and princeton Avenue right behind Benton brothers is where this place is located by the headstart

  • A vendor says:

    What a great nisyon for such a kind hearted business man! May HKB”H being R’ Greenwald and all those effected by the blaze only bracha and hatzlocha in the new yr.

  • Amazing says:

    1st of all, HaMakom Yimalei Chesronchem and may the damage of the fire turn into an asset, not a liability.
    2nd of all, the amount of people saying where it is was a little bit over the top.
    And # 3 – in all my years as an avid reader and poster of TLS, I have never, EVER seen a network reach out, in the comments section, to make a legal request to use the video footage.
    THAT was amazing.
    TLS Rox !!

  • concerned says:

    isn’t this where a female employee was recently held up at (gunpoint) 2:00 in the morning. Could it be connected?

  • Bob says:

    Fire out

  • may the business rebound and continue says:

    Hamoken yemalei Chsronchem. IYH the business will get started and continue to make parties.

    Greenwald Caterers and its owner are special people. Great caterers but more so- help out those in need of many things in their own discreet quiet way.
    So many familes including mine have been helped by Mr Greenwald.