WEST ORANGE, NJ — A fire located in a second-floor apartment on Main Street afflicted two occupants with smoke inhalation, hospitalized another and claimed the life of a pet cat Tuesday evening.
According to the West Orange Fire Department, the blaze, which broke out shortly after 6 p.m, was doused “pretty quickly,” but a large amount of smoke throughout the building caused firefighters to remain on the scene through part of the evening.
All residents were evacuated and were attended to. Two reports of smoke inhalation were reported, but both persons refused medical attention. Another woman was injured bumping her head while coming out of the building and was taken to University Hospital. No other injuries were reported.
A pet cat that was in the apartment where the fire broke out did not survive.
The fire department was testing the entire building for carbon monoxide levels before allowing residents to return. An investigator was en route to the scene to determine a cause.