BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is currently investigating a basement fire on Fremont Street that took place early Wednesday morning. 

The second alarm fire at 3:23 a.m. was confined to the basement of a three story brick apartment building. Bloomfield firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

 "A quick response from both police and fire units ensured a safe and rapid evacuation of the building. The fire was contained to the basement of the structure without any extension to the upper floors. Tenants were able to get back into their apartments after the fire crews cleared the scene" stated Fire Chief Joseph Mccarthy.

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According to Bloomfield Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio, the fire "appears to be arson at this time."  The fire investigation was turned over to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office explained that their office has the resources to fully investigate matters like this.