BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Saturday afternoon, Battalion Chief Jim Hopkins issued the following press release regarding the house fire on Cornell Avenue along with other incidents the department has responded to this month.
At 2:31p.m. yesterday, the Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Cornell Ave. Deputy Chief Padovano quickly arrived on scene and discovered that the fire was in the kitchen and growing in size.
Engine 4 arrived on scene and deployed a hose line through the front door while Tower 1 sent a team to the roof to cut a hole in the roof to check for extension and vent the super-heated smoke and gases.
Deputy Chief Padovano who was the Incident Commander declared the fire under control in 45 minutes.
The fire was quickly knocked down. The fire was contained to the kitchen, but the rest of the home suffered damage from smoke.
Firefighters from Chatham Township and Watchung conducted a search of the home for any victims, which proved to be negative.
The residents were not home at the time of the fire. Several pets which included 1 dog and 2 guinea pigs were removed to safety.
Additional Mutual Aid was from New Providence and Stirling. Union County Fire Mutual Aid provided 2 Engines from Scotch Plains and Summit and a Tower Ladder from Plainfield to cover the Township in the event of another emergency.
The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical and accidental.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Shortly after crews returned to quarters, Squad 1 responded to a fire on Meyersville Road in Chatham Township for a house fire.
Since the beginning of the new year the Berkeley Heights Fire Department has responded to 48 incidents which included broken water pipes, motor vehicle accidents on Interstate 78, car fires, and several crews that responded in Long Hill Township to assist in the search for David Bird.