Weekend Fire Leaves 7 Without Home

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LINDEN – A Sunday morning fire left a two-family home on South Wood Avenue uninhabitable, Linden fire officials said.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. on Feb. 21, the Linden Fire Department was called to the 1800 block of South Wood Avenue, Fire Chief Joseph A. Rizzo said.

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Arriving units found heavy fire coming from the rear of a 2 ½ story, two family dwelling. The fire appears to have started on the second floor and quickly spread through the concealed spaces in the attic, Rizzo said.

The fire went to three alarms and was fought by all Linden Fire companies along with a mutual aid task force of Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Garwood and Fanwood, Rizzo said. In total 50 firefighters fought the blaze, which was finally brought under control at 1:30 p.m.

One Linden firefighter suffered a knee injury when he fell down the attic stairs while advancing a hose line, according to Rizzo. No other fire service injuries were reported.

The owners, a husband and wife, occupied the first floor and the second floor was occupied by a family of five, Rizzo said. All of the occupants were able to exit the building on their own and no civilian injuries were reported.
The building was determined to be uninhabitable and the occupants were temporarily relocated by the American Red Cross.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Rizzo said.


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