MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A multi-family home on Lindsley Avenue was the scene of a fire on Saturday night, July 7, with mutual aid required from neighboring towns, including South Orange.
At about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Maplewood police and fire departments responded to a report of a structure fire and a possible occupant trapped inside on Lindsley Avenue, according to a press release from the Maplewood Fire Department.
According to the Maplewood Fire Department, upon arrival, flames were showing from the second floor windows on the right side of the building, and firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions inside the home.
"The bulk of the fire was darkened quickly with the two hand lines and declared under control within 30 minutes," stated the press release from the Maplewood Fire Department.
Mutual aid was provided by Irvington, South Orange, Millburn, Union, West Orange and East Orange fire departments at the scene, while Montclair, Bloomfield and Roseland covered Maplewood during the incident.
All residents were able to safely evacuate, and there were no injuries to residents or firefighters reported, according to the Maplewood Fire Department.
Firefighters searched all floors, with no occupants found. Firefighters also learned that the possible occupant had evacuated the building prior to the fire departments arrival, but the individual was still evaluated by EMS on the scene, according to the Maplewood Fire Department.
The home was "deemed uninhabitable" by the Maplewood Fire Department, and the residents have had to seek temporary shelter.
According to the Maplewood Fire Department, the fire is being investigated by the Maplewood Fire Department Fire Investigation Team.
An earlier version of this article has been updated to include additional information from the Maplewood Fire Department.