Maplewood firefighters responded this afternoon to a house fire on the Union/Maplewood border.
According to Captain Keith Addie of the Maplewood Fire Department, everyone had evacuated the house before firefighters arrived on scene, although a search of the house was performed as firefighters worked to knock down the fire. There were no injuries reported by occupants or firefighters.
The house was fully engulfed before firefighters arrived. Addie noted the the column of smoke from the fire could be seen from the fire house on Springfield Avenue as firefighters prepared to respond. Although the house on Revere Avenue is located in Union, it is just feet from the Maplewood border and the 911 call came into Maplewood dispatch. Maplewood firefighters were first on scene, according to Addie, followed closely by a full cohort of Union responders.
There was extensive fire and overhaul on all three floors of the home above the basement, but the fire was knocked down quickly, said Addie, avoiding any spread of the fire to the house next door. An investigation into the cause of the fire is being handled by Union Fire officials; Village Green will reach out to Union tomorrow. Addie said that he would not speculate as to the cause.
Addie did confirm that the house was also the scene of a fire in 2012 and had since been fully renovated and “rebuilt from the ground up.”
Donations for the family that was displaced by the fire are being accepted/organized through the ISO SOMA In Search Of Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swapmeetISOsoma/