MONTCLAIR, NJ - A two-alarm blaze broke out at 26 Mission Street on Easter Sunday before 9am, according to breaking news alerts.
Eyewitnesses report that the residents were safely removed from the dwelling. In under an hour, the majority of the blaze was under control.
Red Cross was summoned to the scene to assist the four families who had been displaced.
Deputy Chief Robert Duncan responded in a statement saying, "On April 16th around 9am, Montclair Fire Department firefighters working at headquarters noticed heavy smoke coming from a nearby neighborhood."
He added, "MFD units followed the smoke and arrived at a two family home on Mission St. with its second floor engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control within an hour. Units from East Orange, West Orange, Clifton, and Bloomfield responded to the scene, while units from Paterson, Cedar Grove, and Verona covered the town. Fire damage was complete to the second floor, partial to the 3rd floor, smoke and water damage throughout the house. There was also minor damage to the homes on either side of the fire building."
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.