NUTLEY, NJ - The Wednesday morning house fire on Villa Pl. is still under investigation, but Deputy Fire Chief Paul Cafone reports that it appears to be accidental. 

The initial 911 call about the fire was placed about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday by a neighbor of the Villa St. home. Units from the Nutley Fire Department responded immediately and found heavy black smoke coming out of every floor of the wood structure home. They also found a heavy fire in the basement. 

A search of the home was conducted by Ladder members. The residents were not home at the time of the fire. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

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Essex County Mutual Aid was requested. A Belleville Engine, Bloomfield Engine, and a Montclair Ladder responded directly to the fire scene and assisted with the operation. At the same time, a Lyndhurst Engine, Kearny Engine and a Clifton Ladder responded to the Nutley Fire Department headquarters on Chestnut Street to cover the township. 

Cafone reminds residents the importance of making sure all your smoke detectors in your house are working properly. "Early warning detection save lives," he said. 

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