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UPDATE: Hot Comb Left on Bed Sparks Raging Two-Alarm Fire in Irvington Township

By rlsmetro on
Irvington Township

Irvington fire officials are investigating a that erupted in a section of the Township on Tuesday evening.

According to a statement released by Irvington Township Mayor Tony Vauss, at approximately 4:05 p.m., firefighters received a call reporting an apartment fire at 1233 Clinton Avenue.

According to Mayor Vauss, at the time firefighters arrived, they found an occupied three-story wood- frame dwelling with a moderate smoke condition showing from the second floor.

Mayor Vauss said minutes laters, heavy fire rapidly intensified and extended to the third floor with flames pouring from the windows and tearing through the structure's roof.

A second alarm was transmitted, bringing in mutual assistance from Maplewood, East Orange, Orange, West Orange, and Newark to battle the out of control fire.

According to Mayor Vauss, one occupant was treated and released by EMS at the scene after suffering smoke inhalation.

During the course of the fire, Mayor Vauss said three firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries where two were transported to St. Barnabas Hospital while the other was treated and released at the scene. 

Mayor Vauss said damage to the structure was extensive and caused by an occupant of the home, leaving a hot comb lying on the bed.

A total of six adults was displaced and relocated by the American Red Cross.