WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Last night, a fire broke at West Caldwell’s Fire Captain Tom Bradley’s apartment, which is located at 551 Bloomfield Avenue.

The call came in at 10:14 p.m. from Bradley, as he arrived home and discovered heavy black smoke coming from his apartment on the second floor.

West Caldwell Fire Chief Jim Alvine arrived quickly and established command at the fire scene. The Caldwell and Verona fire departments responded along with the West Essex First Aid squad.

Sign Up for E-News

All apartments were evacuated by the West Caldwell Police Department prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. In addition, a cat was saved from the fire by fireman John Medina and is said to be in good condition.

Once the location of the fire was discovered, the fire was contained to the second story apartment and was quickly extinguished by Engine 712’s crew, according to Alvine.

“A thermal imaging camera was used to locate the fire through the heavy black smoke and it was extinguished with hand lines,” said Alvine.

“It’s not every day you get a call for a working fire at one of your firemen’s homes,” said Alvine. “We are very glad that Tom was not hurt during the fire.”

Alvine said that the cause of the fire is under investigation.