SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Fire Department (SFD) responded to a "fully involved" fire on the first floor of a residence at 4 Warwick Road November 30 at 12 p.m. No occupants were deemed to be in the home, and no injuries were reported to firefighters.
Responding to a report of black smoke coming from the windows of the single family structure, the SFD was informed upon their arrival by neighbors that an elderly resident lives in the house and that he was not answering when they tried to knock and ring the doorbell.
Crews immediately began to search the house. Firefighters stretched a hose line to extinguish the fire. Searches to find the occupant were negative. While firefighters were able to effectively contain the fire to the first floor of the home, the structure sustained significant fire and smoke damage.
The fire was declared under control at approximately 12:44 p.m.
“Our firefighters were able to determine that the owner of the property was not in the residence, and still effectively knock down the fire,” explains Summit Fire Chief Eric Evers. “There were no reported injuries to responding firefighters.”
The Summit Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Summit Police Department and the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad. Mutual aid was provided at the scene by Millburn, Springfield, Union, Cranford, Westfield and Roselle Fire Departments. Station coverage was provided by Elizabeth and Linden Fire Departments.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Summit Fire Department Investigation Unit.
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