Nine residents were displaced from their homes and one firefighter was treated and released for a burn to the back of his neck due to a fire on Brown Street in Maplewood that erupted shortly after midnight on June 30.
Besides Maplewood, mutual aid fire departments from Irvington, South Orange, Millburn, Union, Orange and East Orange provided assistance at the scene, while Bloomfield, West Orange and Montclair provided coverage for Maplewood during the incident.
The fire was declared under control at 1:33 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Maplewood Fire Investigation Team.
The Red Cross is currently helping the residents seek temporary shelter.
Read the full release from Captain Keith Addie of the Maplewood Fire Department below. Video of firefighters battling the blaze, performing cleanup and being interviewed can be found on the Skyler Fire YouTube page here.
From the Maplewood Fire Department:
The Maplewood Fire Department responded on June 30 at 12:20 a.m. to 7 Brown St. for the reported fire. While responding, Maplewood Police reported heavy smoke in the area. Engine 32 arrived on scene and reported heavy fire showing in the rear on the second floor of a two-story occupied dwelling.
Engine 32 advanced a hand line to the second floor for suppression and encountered heavy smoke and heat, while advancing to the seat of the fire. Ladder 31 set up to conduct roof ventilation, while interior crews made an attack on the fire. Engine 34 arrived and established a continuous water supply, conducted a search of the dwelling with negative results and stretched a back-up hand line to the second floor. Once the seat of the fire was found, the bulk of the flames were extinguished quickly, but extensive overhaul was needed to ensure there was no hot spots remaining. The fire was declared under control at 1:33 a.m.
Mutual aid fire departments from Irvington, South Orange, Millburn, Union, Orange and East Orange provided assistance at the scene, while Bloomfield, West Orange and Montclair provided coverage for Maplewood during the incident.
There were no civilian injuries reported. A Maplewood firefighter sustained a moderate burn to the back of the neck and was transported by South Orange Rescue Squad to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
A total of nine residents were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross to seek temporary housing. The residence was deemed uninhabitable by the Maplewood Building Department.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Maplewood Fire Investigation Team.