LIVINGSTON, NJ — A Livingston couple has been forced to relocate for a lengthy period of time after a fire broke out at their Twilight Court home on Monday morning.

According to the Livingston Fire Department, police received a 911 call from the homeowner reporting black smoke coming from the ceiling area of a second floor bathroom. Upon arrival, Fire Chief Chris Mullin reported that a working fire was discovered in the second-floor rear roof area of the house, and all occupants had already evacuated the home.

One engine established a water supply from a nearby hydrant and stretched two hand lines to the second floor via a rear balcony, according to the chief. Adding that the fire was located in an area that was “very difficult to locate and access,” Mullin noted that interior fire crews had to open up the knee-walls to access it.

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This fire was brought under control in approximately one hour with mutual aid from members of the Roseland and West Orange Fire Departments (WOPD). The WOPD and Millburn Fire Department also provided additional coverage for Livingston by having an engine from each department standing by at Livingston Fire Headquarters.

"Our guys had their hands full today with this fire due to its location in the house,” said Mullin. “They worked their tails off making access to the fire under heavy smoke and zero visibility, as well as performed ventilation, working off ground ladders tearing off Terra-cotta (masonry) shingles to access the seat of the fire. I commend all the firefighters who fought this fire for a ‘Job Well Done,’ and I thank our neighboring fire departments who assisted in the effort as well."

According to Mullin, the house suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage, causing the homeowners to relocate. One rabbit and a pet fish were removed from the house and reunited with the homeowners.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.