BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- A three-alarm fire that broke out on the fourth floor of a Washington Street apartment building at approximately 8:15 am has been contained, thanks to the rapid response by the Bloomfield Fire and Police, as well as several neighboring Fire Departments.
No civilians were harmed, though a Bloomfield police officer suffered smoke inhalation and transported to Mountainside Hospital and a Bloomfield firefighter suffered an electric shock and were treated on the scene.
According to a statement released by Bloomfield fire officials, as of 9:20 am, flames and smoke were no longer visible, though tenants have been evacuated and will not be allowed back in yet.
Officials say the fire is believed to have been accidental. The fire had not damaged surrounding buildings.
“I would like to thank the rapid response of our Firefighters and the surrounding towns’ Fire Departments, which helped contain this fire. I would also like to thank our Police officers who arrived to assist tenants,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Unfortunately, one Firefighter and one Police officer suffered minor injuries, but I am happy to report that they are safe and will fully recover quickly. The extensive training that our Fire and Police Departments have performed no doubt prepared them to handle these emergencies, and I commend them for their heroism.”
“East Orange, Irvington, Clifton, Nutley, Belleville, Montclair and Verona Fire Departments assisted on the scene, and we are extremely grateful for their aid. Our firefighters made an aggressive interior attack of the building and worked hard to contain the fire and protect civilians. said Bloomfield Fire Chief Louis Venezia. “I am proud of their hard work and dedication to bring this fire under control very quickly.”
Chief Venezia advises residents to test their smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, residents should change the batteries immediately. The BFD is happy to help residents mitigate the risk of fires in their homes, free of charge. Chief Venezia also advises family members to plan a fire escape route and practice the plan twice a year. If a fire occurs in your home, get outside and call 911 immediately.
Chief Venezia encourages residents to call the Bloomfield Fire Prevention Bureau (973-680-4153) if they have any questions or concerns.