Police & Fire

Chatham House Fire Blocks Lafayette Traffic; Small Kitchen Fire Extinguished Quickly

House fire is under control Tuesday afternoon at 85 Lafayette Avenue in Chatham Borough Credits: TAP Chatham
Doug Allan, Chatham Borough Fire Chief, said that fire was under control in 20 minutes Credits: TAP Chatham
Smoke can be seen from the back of the home at 85 Lafayette Avenue on Tuesday afternoon Credits: TAP Chatham
Firefighters gather at 85 Lafayette Avenue in Chatham on Tuesday after a kitchen fire was reported Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough was among the four fire departments to respond to the fire Credits: TAP Chatham
Lafayette Avenue traffic was disrupted for two hours because of the house fire at 85 Lafayette Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Firefighter Corey Duren gets his blood pressure checked after he emerged from the house fire Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Volunteer Firefighters get some air after emerging from the house fire on Lafayette Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough firefighter Peter Glogolich carries the hose in front of 85 Lafayette Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - A small kitchen fire that was extinguished quickly blocked traffic on Lafayette Avenue in Chatham Borough for hours Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters from Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison and Florham Park responded to a report of a structure fire at 85 Lafayette Avenue.

"It appears to be a small kitchen fire," Doug Allan, Chatham Borough Fire Chief, said. "Nobody has been taken to the hospital at this time. Everybody is safe. I don't know the exact details, so I don't want to speculate on the cause of the fire. It was under control in 20 minutes."

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Scott Nelson, a Lafayette Avenue resident, came out to greet his son walking home from school, and reported that the fire originated from the oven.

"Basically, someone turned on the stove and went upstairs," Nelson said. "When they came down to put something in the oven, that's when the fire started."


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