MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a house fire on Irvington Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, but the home was deemed uninhabitable due to damage and loss of power, and the seven people living there are now displaced, according to a release from the Maplewood Fire Department.
The Maplewood Fire Department was dispatched at about 10:15 p.m. due to reported smoke conditions and a power outage at 504 Irvington Ave., according to the release from the fire department.
Upon arrival, firefighters reported smoke showing from the front corner of the home, and a hand line was stretched down the side of the home to the basement, where "a smoke condition existed with fire visible in the ceiling," stated the release.
The fire, which involved some wiring and floor joists in the basement, was extinguished quickly, according to the fire department, but overhaul was needed in the immediate area to ensure there were no hidden hot spots.
Smoke detectors were activated in the home prompting the occupants to evacuate on their own unharmed.The home has been deemed uninhabitable due to the damage and loss of power, and the seven occupants of the home who were displaced are being assisted by The Red Cross to seek temporary shelter, stated the release from the fire department.
Mutual aid was provided by the South Orange, Irvington and Millburn fire departments, which were summoned to the scene to assist. Fire departments in Orange, East Orange and Union covered the town during the duration of the incident, stated the release.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Maplewood Fire Investigation Team, but it appears to have started near the electrical service in the basement, stated the release.