WEST ORANGE, NJ — A fire that started in a vehicle spread to a residence on Galloway Court in West Orange, causing injury to a firefighter and a partial collapse of a roof Sunday afternoon.
According to a spokesman for West Orange Township, the fire department responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Galloway Court at approximately 1 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they discovered that the vehicle fire had spread to a 2.5-story wood-frame single-family home that was not occupied at the time.
There was "heavy smoke and fire showing from the attic space of the structure," according to the spokesman. With the assistance of and coverage from mutual aid companies from the Orange, East Orange, South Orange, Montclair, Belleville, Bloomfield and Irvington fire departments and Atlantic and Roseland EMS, the fire was extinguished with the employment of a "defensive strategy."
During suppression operations, the roof partially caved in. One firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. It was not clear whether the firefighter's injury was the result of the roof collapse, burns or smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.