MONTCLAIR, NJ - A lightning strike set off a three-alarm blaze to a Bradford Avenue home on Saturday, August 3, fire officials confirmed.

At 11:32 p.m., the Montclair Fire Department received a call from a resident on Bradford Ave reporting that their 3rd floor was filled with smoke, confirmed Montclair Deputy Fire Chief Robert Duncan. 

"Montclair Fire units were dispatched and arrived to find fire issuing from the rear roofline of the house," he said. 

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By the time firefighters arrived, the residents had all self-evacuated the home. All were out to safety, except for the family parrot, whom firefighters rescued. The parrot was treated by the ambulance unit and then transferred to the animal hospital. 

"Damage to the home was complete to the 3rd floor. The basement, 1st and 2nd floors sustained water damage," he added.  

Fire units from Bloomfield, Orange, East Orange, Clifton, West Orange, Cedar Grove, Verona, and Roseland also helped to bring the fire under control and cover the township.   

According to Duncan, there were no reported civilian or Fire Department injuries. The last units cleared the scene at 3:00 a.m.

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