SUMMIT, NJ - An approximately quarter-mile long brush fire, which began along the railroad tracks and climbed the adjacent hillside and threatened numerous Summit residences, was extinguished by the Summit Fire Department (SFD) Friday afternoon, preventing damage to the nearby homes.

At 1:53 p.m., the SFD was dispatched to the blaze next to the tracks along Park Avenue. Upon arrival, the Department confirmed a large brush fire extending up toward Edgewood Road and Springfield Avenue. Morris and Essex Line train service was stopped while crews worked to extinguish the fire and several homes on Edgewood Road were evacuated as the fire began to spread up the hill.

Mutual Aid was received from several Union County Fire Departments to assist at the scene and provide coverage for the City. Two ambulance crews from the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad were assisted by the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad and Springfield Volunteer First Aid Squad along with several other Union and Essex County agencies. Due to the warmer-than-normal temperatures, the firefighting work was significantly more strenuous and most firefighters visited one of the two, on-scene rehab areas -- established on Edgewood Road and on Broad Street behind the Salerno Duane dealership -- to cool down and re-hydrate.

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The Summit and New Jersey Transit Police Departments were on scene to assist with diverting traffic and rail service.

The fire was declared under control at 2:55 p.m. No injuries to first responders or residents and no damage to property were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.