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Two Fairfield Volunteer Firefighters Injured After Two Alarm Fire in Fairfield, Sunday

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Sunday, December 15, 2013 • 9:34pm

Updated 11:55 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, NJ - At about 4:24 p.m., Sunday, the Fairfield Police Department received a call reporting a house fire at 105 Pier Lane. When they immediately responded to the scene, the Fairfield Fire Department found an active structure fire with the house fully engaged with fire.

105 Pier Lane, Fairfield   Credit: Google Maps

The residence is owned by a longtime Fairfield family of five; at the time of the incident three of the family members were home. In addition, the resident's puggle dog had to be rescued, as well. All were uninjured. 

According to Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tim Connolly, two Fairfield firefighters were injured while battling Sunday’s fire. One of them had a second-degree burn on his neck along with first-degree burns on both his ears. The second firefighter received first-, second- and third-degree burns along with bad scrapes on his right arm. Both were inside the house at the time of their injuries. The members, whose names are being withheld, were transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center, by the West Essex First Aid Squad. Both were released from the hospital after receiving treatment and are home recovering. 

Credit: Jay Artale

Due to the intensity of the fire, firefighters from Caldwell, Lincoln Park, Little Falls, North Caldwell, Pine Brook, West Caldwell and Verona were called in to assist as well.

"With the amount of fire we were met with on our arrival, we were still able to make an interior attack and extinguish the blaze quite quickly," commented Connolly.

Everyone was able to make it out of the house safely. According to neighbors, however, they left their home wearing only their clothes; they had no overcoats and one was not wearing any shoes.

Although unconfirmed reports state that the fire may have been started by a first floor treadmill which one of the homeowners was using at the time, a thorough investigation will need to be completed by the Fairfield Fire Prevention Bureau.

Credit: Kristine Soloninkin

By 9:40 p.m. the house was boarded up and the scene was cleared. At 10:54 p.m., the fire department was called back to the scene on reports of the fire breaking out again. The call was placed by the contractors at the scene. The fire was once again extinguished by 11:50 p.m.

Credit: Anthony Manna

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