UNION, NJ – Union firefighters joined forces with the Maplewood Fire Department at the scene of a 2 ½ story residential house fire on Sunday evening in the Vauxhall section of town.

At about 6:00 p.m., Union firefighters responded to a report of a house fire at 282 Revere Avenue, on the Maplewood border.  Maplewood firefighters were on scene and both departments made a joint coordinated attack on the fire under the command of Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio. 

The fire was quickly extinguished and brought under control in about 30 minutes.  The structure sustained massive fire damage and is inhabitable, according to Scanio.  “The house to the right was severely threatened on arrival,” said Scanio.  “The ability to quickly provide protection on that home saved it from major damage and having Maplewood on the scene simultaneously proved invaluable.”

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The Red Cross responded to assist the residents in temporary housing.  There were no injuries.

According to the Union Fire Department, coincidentally, Union and Maplewood Fire Departments both responded to the same home to battle a house fire seven years ago.  That fire caused heavy damage as well. .