The residents, who escaped the home uninjured, called in the fire around 8:30pm, according to Thomas Diveny, deputy fire chief for the Township of Montclair.
“The assumption is the fire started in the basement,” says Diveny, who was at the home this morning investigating the cause of the fire. “There’s three feet of water in the basement, and complete damage to the interior of the home. We still have to determine the amount of structural damage.”
Firefighters made an aggressive attack and brought the fire under control in 45 minutes, according to Katya Wowk, communications director for the Township of Montclair. A firefighter who was injured onsite was treated at Mountainside Hospital and later released.
A public adjuster on the scene says the home’s stucco finish saved the structure. “If it were wood, it would’ve burned completely down to the ground,” says Marc Motley of West Orange. “So at least it’s not a total loss.”