MONTCLAIR, NJ - A lifelong Montclair resident and her family was displaced on Saturday after a fire broke-out in their home on Miller Street.
Sometime around 11:19am, the Montclair Fire Department received a call reporting a fire at a residence on Miller St. The home was a property owned by HOMECorp, which provides affordable housing and housing counseling.
According to the fire department, there was one minor occupant injury. The minor was transported and treated at the hospital.
Melody Federico, HOMECorp Executive Director, was at the scene to provide support to the family. Federico explained that the displaced family was a long-term tenant and was concerned about the safety of the family and whether they can assist them during this difficult time.
She said, "We are heartbroken."
When Montclair Fire units arrived to find heavy fire issuing from the second floor from a front and side window. All of the residents evacuated the property before the firefighters arrived. The fire was quickly extinguished in under two hours.
Federico added, "We will work with the Township and insurance company to determine what is next. Our focus needs to be on what happens with our tenant."
There was notable heavy fire and smoke damage to the 2nd floor and water damage to the 1st floor.
Deputy Chief Robert Duncan said, "Units from West Orange, Bloomfield and East Orange helped to bring the fire under control while units from Orange, Verona and Cedar Grove covered the township for the duration of the incident."
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is currently under investigation.
"There were no reported Fire Department injuries. The last units cleared the scene at 3:30pm," added Duncan.
Federico concluded, "We don't anticipate there will be a quick relief."