WEST ORANGE, NJ -- A West Orange fire captain was treated for smoke inhalation and at least 10 residents were displaced after a two-alarm fire ripped through a Riggs Place home early Saturday morning

According to a township spokewoman, the West Orange fire department responded to a structure fire at 80 Riggs Place at approximately 3:30 a.m. Heavy fire was noted from the exterior on arrival and a second alarm was immediately requested.

The West Orange Police Department relayed that the residents were reporting that they were all accounted for and on the lawn or porch across the street. The Red Cross was notified of the displaced residents.

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The Orange Fire Department was called as a rapid intervention crew and two additional engines were requested to the scene from South Orange and from Maplewood. All companies coordinated their efforts and extinguished the fire.  

Although there were no civilian injuries reported, one fire captain was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for smoke inhalation.  He was evaluated and released.
The structure sustained significant damage and all utilities were shut off. Exposure protection was a high operational priority at this scene and no fire damage to the exposure buildings was noted at the conclusion. Essex County Fire dispatched two engines--Bloomfield and Belleville engines and a East Orange ladder--to cover at West Orange Police Department headquarters.
An investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of the blaze.