NEWARK, NJ — Scores of Newark firefighters responded to a duo of fires at Springfield Avenue and Sunset Street on Sunday, which happened around the same time, according to Newark Public Safety officials.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reported that nearly 180 firefighters extinguished two 2-alarm fires on Jan. 24 that occurred almost simultaneously at 518 Springfield Ave. and 135 Sunset St. A 2-alarm fire typically requires assistance from other departments for more pumpers and ladder trucks as responders are delegated between the scene of an incident while others cover a station.

“Our firefighters did an exceptional job in battling both fires in freezing temperatures,” Ambrose said in a statement.

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Officials reported that at 1:33 p.m., firefighters responded to a call at 518 Springfield Ave. where they observed fire on all floors of a three-story commercial building. Fire also extended to a similar structure at 520 Springfield Ave., and a second alarm was sounded, officials said.  

Approximately 90 Newark firefighters responded to the incident, and the fires at the pair of buildings were considered under control at 2:42 p.m., according to officials.

Meanwhile, at 1:42 p.m., officials reported that firefighters responded to another fire at a two-story residential building on 135 Sunset St.

Fire was observed by responders on the first and second floors of the building while a second alarm was sounded due to fire exposure to buildings on the left and right of the structure at 133 and 137 Sunset St., officials said.

Officials reported that the fire was considered under control at 2:48 p.m. with a response from 90 firefighters.

No injuries were reported at either incident, officials said. Officials also reported that four families have been relocated as a result of the incident on Springfield Avenue, and a total of 17 people, representing four families, have been relocated as a result of the incident on Sunset Street.

The cause and origin of both fires are currently under investigation by members of the Newark Fire Division’s Arson Unit.



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