CALDWELL, N.J. – At approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Caldwell Fire Department responded to multiple calls reporting a working house fire at 12 Hatfield Street. After battling the blaze for about two hours, the fire was under control as firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots.
The Caldwell Fire Department was assisted by The West Caldwell, Verona and Cedar Grove Fire Departments in fighting the fire and made an aggressive interior attack to extinguish the blaze.
"It goes without saying that we are all very grateful for your bravery and your quick actions in bringing a large and dangerous fire under control,” Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing said in an email. "As I am always, I will continue to be amazed at your willingness to do this for our residents and I thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
There was a heavy fire on the first and second floors of the three floor wood framed home when the Caldwell Fire Department arrived at the scene. A second alarm was dispatched when the fire spread to the third floor of the house.
The only occupant of the home at the time of the fire was evacuated by bystanders prior to the Caldwell Fire Department’s arrival.
One firefighter was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital after suffering minor injuries fighting the house fire. He was released later in the day.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined as an investigation is underway.