FAIRFIELD, NJ — A house fire on Tuesday night caused major damage to a house at 27 Big Piece Rd. in Fairfield. According to authorities, none of the residents were injured in the blaze.
At 4:55 p.m. the Fairfield police received a 911 call from a resident reporting a fire in her home. The volunteer fire department was immediately dispatched. When fire and police units arrived on the scene, they encountered heavy fire within the garage area extending into the primary residential area.
According to Captain Joseph Przybylinski, the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department initiated an aggressive fire attack and a search of the residence.
In addition, police confirmed that the home’s two occupants and dog were able to safely exit the residence. Despite the quick suppression of the blaze, the home sustained major fire, smoke and water damage and was deemed uninhabitable by the Fairfield building department.
Mutual aid to the scene consisted of the North Caldwell, West Caldwell and Pine Brook Fire Departments. The West Essex First Aid Squad, along with Atlantic Health Care, were on scene for medical coverage and rehab due to the excessive heat. Standing by the firehouses to handle any additional calls were the Lincoln Park, Wayne and Verona Fire Departments.
The Fairfield Fire Department, assisted by the West Caldwell and North Caldwell, were able to extinguish the fire in approximately thirty minutes.
While no residents were injured, one fire fighter and a homeowner did become dizzy at the scene, but refused treatment and quickly recovered.
According to Police Chief Anthony Manna, fire officials conducted a cause/origin investigation and determined that the fire appeared to be accidental and apparently started in the garage in the area where an electric garden tool was located.