Police & Fire

Early Morning Fire Engulfs House in Union

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UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to an alarm at just after 4 a.m. Wednesday at 318 Ohio St.

According to Fire Chief Tom Byrne, upon arrival firefighters found the two-family house engulfed in flames on multiple floors, concentrated on the right side of the building.  Two occupants of the home were taken to St. Barnabas Medical. Their conditions are unknown, but appear to be non-life threatening. 

Mutual aid was provided by surrounding towns including Maplewood, Irvington, Kenilworth, Springfield and Hillside. The fire was under control by 7 a.m. Firefighters used multiple lines to get the fire under control, including approaching the fire from Oregon Street behind the home. 

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There continue to be multiple water lines into the house to control hot spots. Chief Byrne anticipates firefighters to be on site for most of the day to ensure no further flare-ups. Public Service Electric & Gas was on scene to cut power to the adjacent homes. 

The cause of the fire is not yet known. The investigation is continuing.

 

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