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UPDATE: West Orange Townhouse Fire Destroys Multiple Units; Residents Displaced

West Orange

The West Orange Fire Department responded to a fire in progress at 58 Hart Drive on Sunday morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. 

According to officials, the fire consumed 4 to 5 units of a 16-unit townhouse building. Gas and electric services were shut off to the entire building, and occupants were displaced due to the fire. 

The Red Cross was on scene assisting those in need.

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Officials said that a resident in the unit where the fire occurred experienced smoke inhalation but refused medical attention or transport. 

According to officials, a woman was taken to the hospital by a friend shortly into the incident, but no information was available on her status. 

There was a report of a small laceration suffered by a firefighter of a mutual aid company that did not require treatment. 

One other firefighter was treated for a minor injury on the scene. No other civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported. 

An initial investigation has ruled out anything incendiary, however, a full investigation is ongoing.

The affected housing units experienced extensive fire damage and a floor collapse. 

Fire crews began defensive operations and worked to protect the exposures to other townhouses that shared commons voids. 

Firefighters successfully contained the fire from spreading to other units and helped all residents safely evacuate with no loss of life and only minor injuries as reported.

Photo Credits: West Orange Fire Department