Updated: 12:47 p.m. Dec. 26

WESTFIELD, NJ — A woman escaped a two-alarm fire that started in the rear of a Forest Avenue home Wednesday morning and extended to the kitchen, fire officials said.

Arriving firefighters saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of the home at 704 Forest Ave., stretched two hoses through the front door and extinguished the main blaze within 10 minutes, Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Tiller said.

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“We had an aggressive attack and a quick extinguishment with no extension to the upper floors,” Tiller said. Fire dispatch received the call at 8:51 a.m. and firefighters had the flames controlled by 9:01 a.m., he said on the scene.

Firefighters remained on scene at 9:40 a.m. overhauling the single-family home to ensure the fire did not reignite. Crews had also set up fans to vent the structure.

The cause remained undetermined Wednesday morning, Tiller said. Officials said it was accidental.

One woman, who was on the second floor of the home, escaped unharmed, Fire Lt. Rick Jurgens said. The home remained uninhabitable on Wednesday, Jurgens said.

Union County Mutual Aid assisted with firefighters from Springfield, Plainfield and Cranford on the scene, Tiller said. Additional fire departments covered Westfield’s firehouses, he said.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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