MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department battled a house fire on Saturday, July 7, that left a multi-family home uninhabitable, forcing the occupants to seek temporary shelter, according to a July 11 press release from the department.
Firefighters responded to 24 Lindsley Ave. at 8:19 p.m. for the reported structure fire with possible occupant trapped inside. Upon arrival, flames were showing from the second-floor windows on the right side of the building. Engine 32 arrived, established a water supply and advanced a hand line through the front door and up the stairs to the second floor, where heavy fire conditions were encountered. A second hand line was stretched to the second floor to provide backup for the initial hand line. The bulk of the fire was darkened quickly with the two hand lines and declared under control within 30 minutes.
Searches were conducted on all floors with negative results. It was learned that the occupant initially thought to still be inside had actually exited the building prior to the fire department’s arrival; the occupant was nevertheless evaluated by EMS on the scene.
Mutual aid fire departments from Irvington, South Orange, Millburn, Union, West Orange and East Orange assisted at the scene, while Montclair, Bloomfield and Roseland fire departments covered the town during the incident.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries at the scene. The fire is being investigated by the Maplewood Fire Department Fire Investigation Team.