Elmwood Fire
courtesy Montclair Fire Department
Smoke and flames pour from the second and third floors of an Elmwood Avenue home Monday.

No one was reported to be injured when a fire broke out at an Elmwood Avenue residence Monday afternoon.

Deputy Chief Robert Duncan said Tuesday that crews had been summoned to Elmwood Avenue at 1:20 p.m. due to a smoke condition. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and fire coming from the second floor.

The fire was contained in just under an hour. The second and third floors sustained massive fire and smoke damage, while the first floor and basement sustained water damage.

There were no reports of any injuries, either to the home’s occupants or to firefighters, and the occupants had evacuated the house before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters stand in front of the Elmwood Avenue house after the fire had been extinguished.

The West Orange Fire Department assisted the MFD at the scene, while the Clifton, East Orange and Bloomfield fire departments provided fire coverage to Montclair while the fire was being controlled.

The American Red Cross was on the scene to assist the home’s occupants. Police blocked off a section of Elm Street as firefighters responded to the fire.

Duncan said Tuesday that the exact cause of the fire was still under investigation.

-Erin Roll

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