After four people die in NJ blaze, 911 mix-up raises troubling questions

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NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – A portion of Grant Avenue remained closed Friday night as more questions than answers filled the air surrounding Thursday morning’s deadly fire.

“I hope there is an investigation to find out why it took so long for the fire department to get here and why I had to lose everything,” said Violet Robinson as she tried to retain her composure.  She is not the only survivor from Thursday morning’s deadly fire in Jersey city asking questions.

Sabrina Jackson escaped by what she says was “the grace of God.”  Jackson is not only counting her blessings, she is counting on someone to provide her with answers after surviving the nightmare that will live with her forever, “You could here the people screaming and everything.”

Four people died in Thursday’s early morning fire Including a well known religious figure in the neighborhood, Bishop William Pickett.

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The Jersey City fire that killed four people was made worse by a slow response after the address was confused.

Shortly after the fire it surfaced that members of the Jersey City Fire Department responded to the wrong address.  This after they were provided the wrong residence initially by dispatchers.

PIX 11 News has learned from the fire union in Jersey City that an investigation is underway into how someone could have confused Grand Street and Grant Avenue.

Nathan Picket lost his parents and brothers in the fire, now he is trying to identify why the police reportedly had the address right but the fire department did not, “Police was here but not the firemen and that just took our heart.”

Daisy Pickett a niece of the victims was still trying to cope with the loss, “I still can’t believe it.  I can’t. It’s still all a shock to me.”  Equally as shocking to her is the fact that there was a firehouse only two blocks away from the burning home, “The fire house is right over there, so, I’m wondering why they couldn’t get here soon enough.”

Bernadine Byrd, who is close to the Pickett family, is not reflecting in anger at the mistakes made in response to the fire, “We’re all humans and mistakes will happen and sometimes we’re caught holding the short the end of the stick.”

PIX 11 News reached out to a Jersey City spokeswoman to identify at what point, if any, the firehouse two blocks away was engaged but they did not respond to our inquiry.