MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a house fire at 10 Nelson Pl. in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, with Maplewood firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the home at about 3:20 a.m., according to a statement from Maplewood Fire Department Chief Michael R. Dingelstedt.
The first arriving engine reported heavy fire coming from the rear of the second floor, with Maplewood police officers already assisting a 15 year-old boy, who is blind, out of the building from a second floor apartment, according to the statement from Dingelstedt.
Working together, firefighters and police officers also removed from the same apartment an unconscious 54-year-old woman, who was transported to St. Barnabas. Her condition is not known at this time.
Occupants from the apartment where the fire was located on the second floor, and all occupants from the first floor, were able to exit safely, according to Dingelstedt.
"The quick actions of firefighters contained the fire to the apartment of origin and prevented the fire from extending into the cockloft," stated Dingelstedt.
Due to fire, smoke and water damage, the building was deemed uninhabitable by the Maplewood Building Department and the Red Cross is assisting the families with living arrangements, stated Dingelstedt.
There were no reports of injuries to firefighters. A Maplewood police officer was evaluated by EMS for smoke inhalation but did not require additional medical attention, according to Dingelstedt.
Assistance in fire suppression and coverage in the township was provided by South Orange, Irvington, Millburn, Union, West Orange, Montclair and Bloomfield fire departments, stated Dingelstedt.