MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Fire Department responded to a fire at 1865 Springfield Ave. on Monday morning at about 8:30 a.m., and sounded a second alarm. By 9 a.m. the bulk of the fire had been extinguished, with the fire declared "under control" at 8:53 a.m., according to an update from the Maplewood Fire Department.
The fire was in a vacant, 1-story building, which was previously occupied by a fish market, and is currently undergoing renovations, according to the Maplewood Fire Department.
While firefighters were still on site inspecting the building and investigating for the cause of the fire, they became aware that the smoke was building up again. Upon further investigation, they determined that the rekindled fire was in the space above the concrete ceiling and the roof. Firefighters went onto the roof, cut holes and extinguished the rekindled fire.
The fire occurred in a vacant, 1-story building, according to a release from the Maplewood Fire Department. According to the Mapelwood Fire Department, workers had exited the building prior to fire department arrival. Arriving mutual aid companies evacuated the gym and apartment building on either side of the building where the fire had occurred.
"Extensive overhaul operations were conducted to ensure there wasn’t extension to the apartment building and to ensure hot spots were extinguished. Despite this, units that were previously released were recalled to the scene when fire investigators noted fire between the concrete ceiling and roof. This fire was extinguished and additional overhaul confirmed there were no hidden pockets of fire," according to a statement from the Maplewood Police Department.
Maplewood received assistance at the scene from Irvington, South Orange, Millburn, Union and East Orange fire departments and Montclair, Union and West Orange provided coverage for the Township for the duration of the incident, stated the Maplewood Fire Department.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.