LIVINGSTON, NJ — A structure fire that erupted at 15 Wingate Drive on Sunday at approximately 6:55 p.m. required an aggressive interior attack by the Livingston Fire Department with mutual aid from Milburn, Roseland and Caldwell Fire Departments while crews from West Orange, Verona and Montclair provided station coverage.
Upon arrival, there was visible fire venting out of the second-floor rear bedroom windows and extending up the side of the house burning the exterior vinyl siding, according to Livingston Fire Chief Christopher Mullin. All occupants were reported to have evacuated the residence.
"I commend all firefighters who worked this fire for a job well done," said Mullin. "It was a quick aggressive stop, limiting damage to the home and there were no injuries reported. Fine job."
First-arriving interior crews stretched attack lines to the interior second floor to extinguish the "well advanced fire," while a crew performed interior ventilation breaking windows on the second floor to clear the high heat and smoke and improve interior firefighting conditions, Mullin said.
Additional crews performed overhaul of the bedroom and hallway areas to check for additional hidden pockets of fire, all "hot-spots" were extinguished.
"The fact that our crew made such an aggressive interior attack prevented the fire from entering the attic and burning through the roof structure and damaging additional areas of the house," said Mullin. "It has been a while since our last structure fire and given this extended time-frame, our crews performed exceptionally well given the volume of fire they were met with upon arrival."
The fire department thanked all the mutual aid companies for their assistance, as well as the Livingston First Aid Squad for providing stand-by at the fire scene.