SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Wednesday, July 18 the South Orange Fire Department responded to a telephone report from central dispatch advising of a fire at 70 Harding Drive. According to information provided by Chief Daniel Sullivan, when they arrived at 8:23 pm they encountered a house fire involving the second floor of the home, as well as the third level. They immediately attacked the fire and initiated a search and rescue operation. A call for mutual aid was put out with units from Maplewood, East Orange and Orange responding to battle the fire. Additionally, fire units from Roseland, West Orange and Montclair provided coverage at the South Orange Fire Headquarters until all was secured.

One firefighter suffered heat stress and exhaustion and was transported to a local hospital. One civilian was treated and released at the scene by the South Orange Rescue Squad. The operation was concluded at 11:08 pm. As of this time there is no further information and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.