On Saturday, August 3rd, at 11:32 p.m. Montclair Fire Department received a call from a resident on Bradford Avenue reporting that the home’s 3rd floor was filled with smoke. Montclair Fire units were dispatched and arrived to find fire issuing from the rear roofline of the house.
The residents self-evacuated prior to Fire Department arrival. Fire Department members rescued the family parrot which was treated by the ambulance unit and transferred to the animal hospital.
Damage to the home was complete to the 3rd floor; the basement, 1st and 2nd floors sustained water damage. The fire reached 3rd alarm status, units from Bloomfield, Orange, East Orange, Clifton, West Orange, Cedar Grove, Verona, Roseland helped to bring the fire under control and cover the township.
The fire was caused by a lightening strike. There were no reported civilian or Fire Department injuries. The last units cleared the scene at 3am.