A fire that erupted in a home on Ward Place in South Orange has left one person dead.
South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan reported that dispatch received a call for the fire at 2:39 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the home located between Montague Place and Irvington Avenue on Ward Place, they immediately tackled the fire and started search and rescue, resulting in the discovery of the victim.
No firefighters were injured. The identity of the victim has not yet been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
This morning, distraught friends and neighbors watched as firefighters removed the body of the victim via stretcher from the third floor of the home.
This story will be updated.
From the South Orange Fire Department:
The South Orange Fire Department responded to a telephone report from central dispatch for a report of a structure fire. Arriving fire department units found a working house fire involving multiple levels of the structure. An immediate fire attack and search and rescue mission was launched by all responding companies. Mutual aid was summoned from surrounding fire departments including Orange, Millburn, Maplewood, and Newark. Fire units from Livingston, Belleville, and Caldwell were assigned as cover departments at the South Orange Fire Headquarters during this incident. One adult fire victim was located within the structure. This incident is being investigated by the South Orange Fire Department, South Orange Police Department, and the Essex County Prosecutors Office.