MONTCLAIR, NJ - A three-alarm blaze broke out in the basement of an antiques store located at 229 Glenridge Ave., displacing 16 residents early Saturday morning.
The fire started sometime around 3:30 AM, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Duncan confirmed. Montclair Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control sometime around 5:30 AM, according to the Breaking News Network. They spent the next few hours ensuring that there were no remnants of fire left in the structure.
"The fire started in the basement of an antiques store, but the products of combustion quickly spread to the apartments above," said Duncan.
Montclair Firefighters quickly moved into action to secure the safety of the residents. They rescued several residents from their apartments and also those that were on fire escapes, fire officials confirmed.
"Two residents were transported to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation," said Duncan. There were no injuries of firefighters.
The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation by Montclair Fire Officials.
Duncan added that the building sustained heavy fire damage to the basement and 1st floor and has been deemed uninhabitable.