BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department received the call at 8:48 p.m. Monday evening for a structural fire at 310-312 Springfield Avenue. They arrived to find a fully engaged fire on the second floor of the professional building.
The fire, which burned for close to six hours, required the assistance of fire companies from about 10 neighboring communities.
The first due engine (Engine No. 4) stretched a line to the second floor, but there was zero visibility, in addition to extreme heat. "They were pulled out of the building when the roof began to collapse," said Battalion Chief Jim Hopkins.
"The Incident Commander Chief Tom Delia called for the Commercial Response Plan Immediately, which brought a New Providence tower ladder, Chatham Township ladder, Summit engine, Watchung engine and a Stirling engine. Due to the severity of the fire, a New Providence engine was also called to the scene," said Hopkins.
Crews operated hand lines and ground monitors from the exterior of the building in addition to the township's tower ladder
At 8:59 p.m., Chief Delia requested a second alarm from Union County Fire Mutual Aid, which brought a ladder from Springfield and an engine from Scotch Plains. In addition, a ladder from Fanwood, an engine from Mountanside and Clark were sent to fire headquarters to cover the Township.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene. Firefighters cleared the scene at 2:38 a.m.
The fire is under investigation by Union County Fire Investigation Task Force.
Video Credits Terry Barlow.