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July 2008
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Jersey City firefighters decontaminate a young boy and a woman who lived in a bed bug-infested house on Wilkinson Avenue on July 29, 2008. Hudson County Sheriff's officers who showed up at the house looking for a weapon in connection with a domestic violence incident were greeted by an infestation of bed bugs, prompting the Jersey City Fire Department to set up a decontamination tent in the street. Ten residents of the building as well as five sheriff's officers were quarantined in the two-and-a-half story building while fire officials brought people out to scrub them down in a special shower set up at the scene. Jersey City Fire Director Armando Roman said sheriff's officers were immediately bitten by the bugs when they entered the home this morning; officers also found drug paraphernailia, he said.

Photo by Reena Rose Sibayan / The Jersey


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