NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A fast moving blaze destroyed a North Plainfield home on Monday but fortunately all residents escaped unharmed. 

During the early hours of July 11, the North Plainfield Fire Department received a call for a house fire on Farragut Place near East End School. According to North Plainfield Fire Chief William Eaton, at approximately 3:40 a.m., one of the occupants awoke to the smell of smoke and found a fire in one of the second floor bedrooms.

“She attempted to extinguish the fire unsuccessfully while another occupant called 9-1-1 and alerted the other occupants,” Eaton said.

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Upon arrival, responding personnel found a well-involved, three-alarm fire in a two-story Cape Cod-style home. "Firefighters were faced with heavy fire conditions showing from at least two windows," said the chief. 

Eleven North Plainfield firefighters responded to call with mutual aid - in the form of manpower as well as ladder trucks, engines and a quint (a quintuple combination pumper) – provided by several area departments. Plainfield, Warren Green Brook, South Plainfield, Bound Brook, and Martinsville provided assistance at the scene while area departments provided standby assistance at North Plainfield headquarters. JFK EMS was also on the scene.

“Crews had the fire under control in about one hour, with the assistance of mutual aid fire departments,” said Eaton, adding that all of the home’s occupants as well as the family’s pets were able to evacuate safely and without injury.

The fire, however, caused significant damage to the home, making it uninhabitable. The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to the scene to provide emergency assistance, including temporary lodging for the family.

In the hours immediately following the fire, many residents took to Facebook, commending the North Plainfield Fire Department on their efforts and looking for ways to help. North Plainfield residents Richard Garrin and Erin Scott stated on the North Plainfield Community Group page that they would be available to accept donations and, as of noon, a GoFundMe page set up by Garrin had been established.

Anyone looking to make a monetary donation to help the Farragut Place family can do so online at https://www.gofundme.com/2dtzvz3m. Additional information can also be found on Facebook on the ‘North Plainfield Community Group’ page.

As of press time, the cause of the fire – which is believed to have started in the attic – was still under investigation but Eaton said it did not appear to be suspicious. TAPinto North Plainfield will provide updates as they become available.

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