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The West Orange Fire Department released more details about the on Thursday, July 5.
The fire department received the call about the fire at 3:25 p.m., said Capt. Robert Dsurny. To battle the blaze at 42 Lincoln Ave., multiple nearby fire departments and emergency personnel were called to the scene, including crews from Orange, East Orange, South Orange, and Montclair.
When the fire broke out, there was one homeowner in the home who was watching at least two children. They all exited the home without any injury.
“[The fire] was extensive,” said Dsurny. “There was an outside deck on the house which was totally gone when the first arriving engine got there. There was a lot of radiant heat.
"I was talking to one of the crew members this morning and they were walking up the street from their engine and they could feel the heat out on the street.”
The fire took about 15 to 20 minutes to extinguish. Dsurny said that the raised ranch-style home is now uninhabitable; the fire had destroyed the kitchen, caused extensive heat and flame damage to the first floor, and firefighters had to puncture holes in the roof. One of the two cars in the driveway was also damaged from the heat of the fire.
The heat from the fire was so great, in fact, that it caused damage to the neighboring house. The fire not only caused roof damage to the adjacent home, but siding damage and broke windows.
There was one firefighter who was injured. He had been sent to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston to be treated for smoke inhalation, and was released later that night. One of the homeowners who received medical treatment was also sent to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, but that resident arrived at the scene after the fire had begun.
At this point, said Dsurny, the fire appears to have begun outside, but it is still under investigation.