By: Richard L. Smith
A two-alarm fire broke out in Newark's South Ward, causing significant damage to a wood-framed house and leaving about 24 residents homeless in the 200 block of Chadwick Avenue Thursday.
The incident occurred around 1:35 p.m., rushing firefighters to investigate several reports of a burning structure.
Upon arrival, crews observed that the fire quickly escalated, engulfing the structure and forcing firefighters to evacuate as heavy flames and thick smoke engulfed the premises.
Despite the dangerous conditions, brave Newark firefighters initiated a defensive attack to prevent the fire from spreading further. Their efforts, coupled with the timely arrival of additional units, helped to contain the fast-moving inferno.
Although the targeted house suffered extensive damage and partially collapsed, the flames also caused moderate damage to neighboring homes.
Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported among the residents, but two firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the intense battle to extinguish the blaze.
Firefighters promptly deployed multiple lines to ensure an adequate water supply, aiming to quell the flames and prevent further destruction. Their diligent efforts paid off, as the fire was controlled shortly before 2:30 p.m.
The American Red Cross released the following statement:
Our disaster action team responded to a multi-family #fire on Chadwick St. in #Newark, helping 6 families (24 people) with Red Cross emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs.
Newark South Ward residents have come together to support those affected by the fire, offering assistance and some temporary shelter to those displaced.
The community's resilience and unity in times of crisis shine through as they rally together to help their neighbors in need.
This unfortunate event serves as a reminder of Newark firefighters and area fire departments' crucial role in protecting lives and property, often putting their safety at risk.
As the investigation continues into what caused the Chadwick Avenue Fire, residents remain hopeful that the affected families will be able to rebuild their lives and find solace in support of their community.