FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls just before 10 a.m. on May 23 reporting a house fire at 11 Ralph Dr. in Fairfield.

As units arrived, it was found that the attached garage was fully involved in the fire and the flames were spreading to the second floor of the main home building.

Remarkably, according to the fire department, the three occupants of the home were totally unaware of the fire until the units arrived. A jogger and an off-duty North Caldwell police sergeant, who observed the fire, began knocking on the door of the residence to alert them. All escaped the blaze with no injuries.

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“These residents were unaware of the fire that was consuming their house and if not for the actions of the jogger and North Caldwell Sergeant Karl Strodthoff, this could have been a real tragedy” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony G. Manna. 

The Fairfield Fire Department was assisted by the North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell, Pine Brook and Lincoln Park Fire Department. They were able to extinguish the fire within about 90 minutes. The West Essex First Aid Squad and Atlantic Healthcare Ambulance EMS-7 stood by as a precaution. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation..