UNION, NJ – A two-alarm fire brought Union, Irvington and Cranford firefighters to Orchard Meadows Drive late Sunday night to battle a multi-unit fire.
According to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio, upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire in the rear of the building, running the entire exterior of the 3 ½ story wood frame structure, extending into the attic space of two of the units.
Firefighters cut the rear fence to access the back of the property so a hose could be stretched to reach the fire, said Scanio. Hose lines were used to the rear exterior and third floor of both units 708 and 710. There was heavy fire in the walls and attic. Numerous ventilation holes were cut, where firefighters found hidden fire in between the fire wall. The fire was brought under control within about 45 minutes.
Scanio said there was heavy fire and water damage to four of the units, making them uninhabitable. There were no injuries reported. The Red Cross responded to assist the displacement of approximately six residents.
The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation, although Scanio said it appears accidental.