MONTCLAIR, NJ - Residents of a North Fullerton apartment building were rescued from fire escapes after a 2-alarm fire ravages through parts of the building on November 24.
Sometime around 12:36 AM, the Montclair Fire Department reported receiving a call from a passerby reporting that there was smoke in the area of Claremont Ave and North Fullerton Ave.
While units were en-route, Montclair Firefighters received an update that there was a smoke condition at a nearby apartment building on North Fullerton Ave.
According to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan, firefighters arrived to find fire issuing from the balcony areas of all four floors at the rear of the building.
According to reports, "Several residents had to be rescued from fire escapes by Montclair FD members via ground ladders."
He added that fire and smoke damage was severe to the affected apartments, while other apartments had varying levels of smoke and water damage.
Fire units from Bloomfield, Orange, East Orange, Clifton, West Orange, Cedar Grove and Verona helped to bring the fire under control and to cover the township.
According to Duncan, the fire had been caused by an electrical malfunction in the rear balcony ceiling of one of the apartments. There were no reported civilian or Fire Department injuries and Red Cross staff were on site to provide assistance to several displaced residents. Tenants in unaffected areas were allowed to return.
The last units cleared the scene at 4:02 AM.