June 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on Washington Street in Berkeley Heights Thursday at 3:32 a.m. Chief Tom Delia arrived on scene at 3:38 a.m. followed by Engine-4, which arrived a minute later.
"There was heavy fire on the second floor," said Battalion Chief Jim Hopkins. "All occupants evacuated the home prior to the Fire Deptartment's arrival due to functioning smoke alarms. Tower-1 crew arrived and cut a ventilation hole in the roof."
The fire department's residential response plan was put in effect which included a Chatham Township Ladder, New Providence Engine, Watchung Engine, Stirling Engine, Summit Engine, Fanwood Engine.
The Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad was also on scene providing firefighter rehab.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. "There is significant flame damage to the second floor of the home and water and smoke damage to the first floor," said Hopkins. The fire was declared under control at 4:36 a.m.
Union County Fire Mutual Aid provided a Scotch Plains Ladder, Plainfield Engine and a Mountainside Engine to cover the Township in the event of another emergency.