MONTCLAIR, NJ - TAPinto was the first to report on a fire that occurred at a Warren Place home on Friday, August 9. At the time, the cause was not yet known. According to Montclair fire officials in a recent release, the cause of the fire was a lightning strike, making this the second Montclair house fire caused by lightning in nearly a week.
According to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan, at 3:51pm, the Montclair Fire Department received a call from a resident on Warren Place reporting that one of their bedrooms was on fire.
He stated, "Montclair Fire units arrived and located the fire in a second-floor bedroom."
The residents self-evacuated prior to Fire Department arrival.
Duncan added, "There was fire damage to the 2nd floor bedroom, water damage to the 1st floor, and damage to the chimney as well."
Only Montclair firefighters were at the scene, but units from Bloomfield, East Orange, and West Orange covered the township for the duration of the incident. The fire was extinguished nearly an hour later and the last unit left the scene around 5:30pm.
This is the second lightning strike in nearly a week. A three-alarm fire broke out at a Bradford Avenue home on August 3.
There were no reported civilian or Fire Department injuries.