SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A three alarm fire ripped through a building at 493 Morris Avenue on Christmas Eve. Dec. 24.

The fire was initially spotted by a passersby, who called 911. The Springfield Fire Department responded at 2:08 p.m., to a fire in full progress in the rear of the building. They were joined at first by Millburn and Union fire companies, and later by fire companies from Summit, Cranford, and Kenilworth.

The firefighters, working in frigid conditions, brought the fire under control within 45 minutes of their arrival at the scene.

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The building, which houses the Springfield Chiropractic Center and the medical offices of Dr. Binghua Zhu, suffered significant damage and appeared to be unusable based on external appearances after the fire.

The Chiropractic Center’s website had a notice on the home page that “the office is temporarily closed due to fire damage” but will be “reopening soon.” It added that the Center would be checking messages frequently.

There was no information immediately available on the status of Dr. Zhu’s practice.

The fire is under investigation, but Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo did not suspect any foul play, noting that the origins of the fire appeared to be electrical in nature, based on initial observations at the scene.

“My guys worked very hard to knock down that fire,” noted Chief Palumbo. “I’m very proud of them, always have been.”

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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