On May 14, 2023, the East Orange Fire Department was dispatched to Beech Street for a reported house fire. Upon arrival, companies reported heavy smoke and fire showing from the building, which was a large four-story vacant apartment building, Initial reports were of fire on the top floor, but as companies operated, fire was also reported on the second floor. Within 10 minutes the interior crews reported a collapse on the third floor and command ordered all companies out of the building. A second alarm was requested as heavy fire broke out from the fourth floor and though the roof. Ladder pipes were set up, and command special-called an additional truck to set up in the rear of the building as additional collapses occurred. The fire took several hours to be placed under control.

– Fire News photo by Peter Danzo