MADISON, NJ- A fire alarm is being credited with saving a Madison family that escaped a house fire early Sunday.
The incident occurred at about 2:50 a.m., said Madison Fire Chief Lou DeRosa in a statement. He said firefighters were dispatched after receiving a report of a small fire in the basement of a single family, bi-level home at 9 Troy Court in Madison.
"The caller had reported that he attempted to extinguish the fire but that it was not completely out and the house was full of smoke,” said the chief, noting the home was occupied by two adults, three small children and a family dog.
"First arriving fire units were met by visible smoke coming out of the front door,” said DeRosa. “Madison Police officers on scene had spoken directly to the homeowner and reported that all occupants had safely evacuated the house with the exception of the family dog.”
The owner of the house told police the dog was possibly on the upper floor, so firefighters “did a primary search to confirm that no one was still in the house and to also search for the dog,” said DeRosa. “Other Firefighters made their way to the basement and finished extinguishing the small fire and started ventilating the house of smoke," he added.
The dog was later found in a bedroom closet under a blanket. It was unharmed and was reunited with the family, said the chief. The fire caused no structural damage to the home and the family is staying with a neighbor until the house can be cleaned and deodorized, he said.
"The Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps (MVAC) was dispatched to the scene as per protocols and remained on scene until the incident was over,” said DeRosa. “There were no injuries."
The Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and provided assistance with manpower. Additionally Morris Township Fire Department, Chatham Volunteer Fire Department and Cedar Knolls Fire Department were dispatched but were canceled while en route, according to DeRosa.
He said all firefighters were cleared from the scene by 4:10 a.m. He said 11 firefighters from Madison Fire Department and seven from Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department responded.
The fire is being investigated by the Madison Fire Department and Madison Police Department, but authorities said they do not believe the fire to be of suspicious nature.