NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ– A suspicious three alarm fire broke out in the early morning hours Wednesday at a residence on Maple Avenue in North Plainfield  Fire companies from North Plainfield, Bridgewater/Finderne, Bound Brook, Green Brook, Watchung, Warren, Plainfield and South Plainfield responded to extinguish the residential fire. 

Three residential structures were damaged with two families being displaced.  All of the occupants of the residences were uninjured.   One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital and has since been released.  An individual whom authorities are not identifying is being questioned by authorities in relation to the fire, authorities said.

An origin and cause has not been released by investigators and is still under investigation, the fire has been categorized as suspicious.  

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Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced the status on Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutor Robertson said that on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at approximately 2:40 a.m. North Plainfield Fire Department and North Plainfield Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a residential fire on Maple Ave., North Plainfield.  

Emergency medical personnel from North Plainfield, Watchung, Union County Rehab and Dunellen also responded to the scene to render aid. Officers from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist North Plainfield Police in securing the scene.  

Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit along with North Plainfield Police, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fire Investigation Unit and Fire Officials from North Plainfield are on the scene conducting the fire investigation which remains open.  

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti, the son of longtime Fanwood Chief Anthony Parenti, request anyone with information relating to the fire to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app.

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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