PLAINFIELD, NJ – Smoke poured from the windows of a home on Sandford Avenue just north of Front Street in Plainfield Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m., with fire apparatus from three towns and the Union County EMS responding. There were no injuries.

Plainfield Fire Chief Frank Tidwell said that the fire started in the back of the building on the second floor, charring a rear wall and causing smoke to blow out of the second-story window. 

“By the time we arrived, all the residents of the building were outside and safe,” Tidwell said. “They told us there was no one else in the house, and we confirmed that with a room to room search.”

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Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from North Plainfield and South Plainfield in support of the Plainfield fire fighters. South Plainfield’s ladder was used to reach the top of the two-and-a-half story home.

"We haven't determined if the fire started inside or outside of the home," Tidwell said. "We are continuing to investigate."

Neighboring homes did not appear to be at risk, with families watching the response from their porches less than an hour after the first responders arrived.