MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department has released further information about yesterday's house fire on Boyden Avenue:

At 04:46 hours on June 15, 2020, the Maplewood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the basement at 488 Boyden Ave. The first units arrived on the scene at 04:49 hours and reported heavy smoke coming from a two-story wood frame residence. A working fire was declared. Fire units from Irvington, South Orange and Union were dispatched on the initial alarm and units from Orange, Millburn and East Orange were dispatched on the second alarm. An ambulance from South Orange was dispatched to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

The fire was located in the basement of the two-family home with extension to the first floor. Two hand lines were stretched and the fire was quickly suppressed. The fire was declared under control at 05:49 hours. The entire structure sustained smoke damage. Five residents were displaced and the American Red Cross was dispatched to the scene to assist with the displaced residents.

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A cause and origin investigation was conducted and determined that the cause of the fire was accidental and point of origin was in the basement on top of an unused appliance. The Maplewood fire investigators were the last to clear the scene at 07:25 hours.

Strike Team members completed temporary shoring in the basement, and the Construction Official in Maplewood condemned the building until the structural integrity of it can be determined by an engineer. The buildings on both sides and to the rear were evacuated as a precaution during rescue and shoring operations until it was determined that there was no danger of a secondary collapse.

Additional BLS and ALS EMS units remained on the scene throughout the rescue operations, but fortunately no rescue workers were injured.


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