MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Union firefighters assisted the Maplewood Fire Department and several surrounding departments at a major fire, which erupted early Saturday morning at the Avalon apartment complex located at 200 Boyden Avenue in Maplewood.
The fire began at 1:30 a.m. in a 4-story lightweight wood condo complex under construction by the Avalon Company. The fire eventually went to 6 alarms.
Union firefighters from Battalion 2, Engine 2 and Ladder 3 responded to the fire and immediately set up master streams. According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, a southeast wind was blowing large embers, landing on nearby homes, concerning firefighters of additional fires starting.
Scanio immediately requested Engine 1 and Engine 6 to the area for brand control. Those units were immediately assigned to work on the southeast side of the main fire building to assist companies operating. Union Engine 1 and Engine 6 worked alongside Newark Fire Engine 18, Engine 6, Ladder 5 and Battalion 4.
The Avalon apartment complex consists of three buildings: one building where construction has been completed, and two buildings which are still under construction.
The Avalon apartments in Maplewood are not yet occupied. An Open House was scheduled for Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, according to the Avalon website. Apartments are priced starting at $1,785 for a studio, $1,880 for a one-bedroom, and $2,175 for a two-bedroom, according to the Avalon website.
Tenants were scheduled to begin moving into the complex in about five weeks, and De Luca suggested that anyone who was planning to occupy an apartment in the complex should contact Avalon directly for an update.
According to the Maplewood Township website, the development had 235 market-rate rental units with an attached multi-level parking garage for residents.
In addition to the Union companies, several other Union County units assisted including Elizabeth and Kenilworth. No injuries were reported.