UNION, NJ – When Union firefighters responded to a two story garden apartment complex on Manor Drive Thursday afternoon they were confronted with heavy smoke and fire from the roof.

Firefighters arrived at 1884 Manor Drive at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday.  According to Battalion Chief Gregory Ricciardi, due to the amount of fire and ambient heat, a second aerial ladder was needed to assist.  A truck from Elizabeth responded, as did Irvington firefighters.

Firefighters ventilated the roof.  Ricciardi said heavy fire damage occurred in the building, mostly confined to the second floor.  The fire was under control in about 50 minutes, but crews remained on the scene for some time for overhaul, salvage and deconstruction efforts.

No firefighters or residents were injured.  Ricciardi said the power lines ran through the attic and were burned so no power was restored into the apartments, affecting 16 units.  He said the Red Cross was requested to assist displaced residents.