The Irvington Fire Department was dispatched to Mill Road for a house fire. Companies arrived to heavy fire showing from a large multi-family dwelling and Maplewood Engine 32 was requested directly to the scene. An interior attack was attempted but a Mayday was quickly transmitted as there was a partial collapse of the second floor on the A/D side and the building was evacuated; all members were okay. A second alarm was transmitted and crews went defensive as heavy winds blew thick, turbulent, black smoke towards the Delta exposure. Fire had been found in the bravo exposure cockloft but crews were able to set up exposure lines and spare the Delta exposure which was an occupied apartment building. The majority of the second floor had collapsed as companies committed to a surround-and-drown attack. Mutual aid came from West Orange, Orange, East Orange, Newark, Maplewood and Union.
– Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti