SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - According to information provided by South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan, the department received a call at 5:02 pm advising them of a 911 call reporting a structure fire at 174 South Orange Avenue. Upon arrival the fire department units found a working structure fire that involved the roof and a third floor apartment.they immediately initiated an attack on the fire and a search and rescue mission involving all responding companies.
Mutual aid was provided by the Maplewood, Orange and Irvington fire departments, while units from Both East Orange and West Orange provided cover at the South Orange Fire Headquarters during the incident.
While working the fire one resident was removed from a second floor apartment. The South Orange Volunteer Rescue Squad checked and released the person at the scene.
All the companies worked to extinguish and overhaul hidden fire in the roof, ceilings and walls on the third floor of this large three story apartment building which was built in 1915.The fire was declared under control at 5:43 pm.
the investigators from the South Orange Fire Department determined the cause of the fire to have been the caused by ignition and fire resulting from the lightning strike on the roof. The fire then continued into the roof framing and interior spaces on the third floor. Fortunately there were no injuries. The work was completed at 6:40 pm.