BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Fire crews were dispatched to 68 Bell Street at 0145 a.m. and arrived to find a single family residence with fire showing out the 2nd floor windows. One occupant was outside and stated everyone was evacuated from the structure. The fire was brought under control at 210 a.m.. All fire units cleared the scene by 345 a.m.
One firefighter was injured during this incident and was transported to Mountainside Hospital by Bloomfield EMS for a minor injury. The firefighter was treated and released. Belleville Fire Department also responded directly to the fire for assistance. East Orange and Montclair provided mutual aid coverage at Bloomfield Fire HQ. The fire is under investigation and does not appear to be suspicious.
Chief Louis Venezia advises residents to test their smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, residents should change the batteries immediately. The BFD is happy to help residents mitigate the risk of fires in their homes, free of charge. Chief Venezia also advises family members to plan a fire escape route and practice the plan twice a year. If a fire occurs in your home, get outside and call 911 immediately. If residents have any questions or concerns they can call the Bloomfield Fire Prevention Bureau at 973-680-4153.