Maplewood police and firefighters rescued a woman and her teenage son, who is blind, from a four-family apartment building on Nelson Place early Tuesday, after a fire tore through the structure and left 14 people homeless.
Maplewood firefighters responded to reports of smoke and fire at the house at 10 Nelson Pl. at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, Maplewood Fire Chief Michael Dingelstedt said. When the first engine arrived, there was heavy fire coming from the rear of the second floor.
Maplewood Police officers had already helped the boy, 15, out of the building from a second floor apartment.
Firefighters and police then removed the woman, who was unconscious, from the same apartment. She was transported to Saint Barnabas and her condition is not known at this time, Dingelstedt said.
Other people in the second floor and all first-floor occupants were able to exit safely.
“The quick actions of firefighters contained the fire to the apartment of origin and prevented the fire from extending into the cockloft” or attic loft, said Dingelstedt. No firefighters were injured. One Maplewood Police Officer was evaluated by EMS for smoke inhalation but did not require additional medical attention.
Maplewood was assisted by South Orange, Irvington, Millburn, Union, West Orange, Montclair and Bloomfield Fire Departments.
The building had extensive damage from fire, smoke and water and was deemed uninhabitable by the Maplewood Building Dept.. The Red Cross is assisting the families with living arrangements.