MAPLEWOOD, NJ - About 6:46 pm on August 26, the Maplewood Fire Department was dispatched for a reported residential garage fire. A neighbor had noticed smoke coming from the garage in the rear of the house located at 28 Colgate Road. The fire caused extensive damage to the roof of the two car garage.
Both Engine 32 and Ladder 31 responded to the scene along with Deputy Chief Brett Derewsky who established command of the scene. Upon arrival they discovered a light smoke condition and a fire inside the detached garage that had been mostly extinguished by the homeowner with a garden hose. Firefighters from Engine 32 stretched a hand line to the garage since there was evidence of the fire having extended into a storage are loft and the roof rafters. Sections of the roof were opened with a saw by firefighters from Ladder 31 and Irvington Fire Department, exposing hidden fire in the roof rafters.
Although the fire was declared under control in about 15 minutes there were embers falling from the roof requiring extensive overhaul to ensure all hot spots were extinguished completely.
The Maplewood Building Department declared the garage as an unsafe structure due to the extensive damage to the roof.
When the alarm first came in two firefighters, serving as EMT’s, were transporting a patient to Overlook Hospital. As a result, mutual aid from Irvington Fire Department was provided at the scene. Millburn Fire Department provided cover at headquarters for the town during the incident. Fortunately, there were no injuries report by anyone at the scene.
While the firefighters were engaged the Maplewood Police securred the scene.