HACKENSACK, N.J. — Fire officials are investigating a working house fire that tore through a vacant city home's two floors this afternoon. 

When members of the Hackensack Fire Department’s second platoon arrived at the residence at 39 Clinton Place with assistance from the Teaneck and Englewood Fire Departments after 1 p.m., clouds of smoke billowed against blue skies from the windows of the white, 2.5-story home made of white shingles and vinyl siding.

While firefighters began extinguishing the fire on the first floor and ventilating the residence, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 initiated a search for victims to no avail. The fire spread from the first floor to the second, ravaging the stairs, forcing firefighters to stretch a hose line up a ground ladder in the rear of the home through a window to extinguish it. 

Firefighters battled the blaze until it was under control in 25 minutes, and “remained on scene for extensive overhaul,” Fire Captain Justin Derevyanik said. No one was injured.