WESTFIELD, NJ — Firefighters responded to a house fire at 443 Downer St. just before 5 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Westfield Fire Chief David Kelly. The fire caused extensive damage to that home and exterior damage to the house next door. Residents were able to escape safely and no one was hurt, Kelly said.

Firefighters determined that the fire started outside, at the front of the house at 443 Downer St., where some materials were being stored. The vinyl siding caught fire and the blaze traveled up the exterior of the home to the attic, according to Kelly.

“There’s a good bit of fire damage to the attic, and heat, smoke and water damage to the rest of the house,” said Kelly. “We couldn’t come up with an ignition source.”

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The home next door, 441 Downer St., received damage to the exterior from the radiant heat of the fire.

Kelly said that the Red Cross had been notified that the residents of 443 Downer St. needed to relocate.

“It was fortunate that the people got out okay and no one was hurt,” Kelly said.

Firefighters from Plainfield, Springfield and Cranford assisted the Westfield Fire Department at the scene. Garwood, Mountainside and Scotch Plains provided backup coverage.