UNION, NJ – Union firefighters had a busy day on Saturday, responding to a house fire mid-afternoon and car fire in the early evening.

The house fire, at a home on Elaine Terrace North, was reported at about 1:45 p.m.  Neighbors noticed smoke coming from the first floor and called 911. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire on the first floor.  According to Union Fire Department Chief Mike Scanio, firefighters stretched hand lines to locate, confine and extinguish the fire .The neighbors reported the residents were out of town and told firefighters there may be a dog inside.  Firefighters forced the front door open and conducted a search.  They found a dog in the rear room unconscious. The dog was removed to the outside and CPR was performed by firefighters and police.  The dog did not survive.

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The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. According to Scanio, the fire did not appear to be suspicious. Mutual aid companies were called in from the county to cover the town during the incident.  Scanio said the home was rendered uninhabitable due to the damage. No injuries were reported.

A second incident on Saturday saw firefighters respond to a car fire next to a garage at 68 Elmwood Avenue at about 6:45 p.m.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a truck fire that extended to the detached garage behind the house.  According to Scanio, firefighters stretched hose lines to the rear of the building to extinguish the fire and protect the left side of the house which was in close proximity to the fire.

The garage doors had to be forced open to check fire on the interior to the garage.  Scanio said the fire was brought under control quickly and may have started in a trash can next to the garage.  It did not appear to be suspicious.  No injuries were reported.

Mutual aid was called for again to cover the town during this incident. No injuries were reported.