PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire broke out around 11:15 p.m. on Friday night in a house on the 100 block of East 7th Street in Plainfield, according to Breaking News Network alerts.  City officials suspect arson.

The fire was heavy at the abandoned house, and in additional BNN alerts, command reported an explosion in the back of the building.  Another source reported there were no injuries.

There was mutual aid from neighboring towns, including Scotch Plains and North Plainfield units.

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A homicide victim had been found in the yard at this address back in the summer of 2005, reported by Bernice Paglia on Plainfield Plaintalker.

TAPinto Plainfield reached out to Fire Director Kenneth Childress for more information.  He responded that Director of Communications Jazz Clayton-Hunt would provide us with a statement.   

UPDATE: TAPinto Plainfield received the following response from Plainfield's Director of Communications on Saturday afternoon.

Last night at approx 11:15  a fire occurred at 144 East 7th street which is an abandoned residence. There were several pockets of fires spread throughout the structure. Plainfield fire crews along with various  mutual  aid companies entered and extinguished the fires. The fires appeared to be the work of an arsonist and is under investigation. There were no injuries to any fire personnel nor were any other victims found.  There is no further information available at this time. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

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