UNION, NJ – Union firefighters had a busy day on Friday, with calls for smoke, fire and trees and wires down.
At approximately 11:00 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to Roger Avenue for a reported house fire. Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio said upon arrival firefighters were met with a heavy smoke condition coming from the second floor and firefighters found a rear bedroom fire that was extending to the hallway. From the roof, firefighters created vertical ventilation to improve conditions inside. The fire was extinguished and brought under control in about 30 minutes, Scanio said. There were no reported injuries. The Red Cross was called for the displaced residents. The fire is currently under investigation by Union County and Union Fire Cause and Origin team.
Scanio said mutual aid was called in to cover Union during the fire, and while at Union headquarters the mutual aid team was dispatched out to Route 78 for a motor vehicle accident with a rollover.
Shortly after clearing the Roger Avenue fire, Union firefighters were dispatched to Krane Place for a smoke condition inside a home. Scanio said units arrived to find smoke on the second floor. Further investigation found burned up wiring in an air conditioner, and the fire was quickly extinguished.
As units were leaving Krane Place, another smoke condition call came in for 999 Rahway Avenue. Units arrived and were met with smoke. Scanio said investigation found a small fire inside a HVAC unit on the second floor. The fire was extinguished and power secured.
Firefighters also responded to multiple calls of trees and wires down Friday afternoon, Scanio said, due to the severe rain.