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COURTESY ROBERT DUNCAN/MONTCLAIR FIRE DEPARTMENT Flames pour from the roof of a home on Mountain Terrace on Dec. 29. One firefighter sustained a minor injury, but none of the home’s occupants were injured.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury but no residents were hurt in two house fires that took place within 12 hours of each other in Montclair. 

Both fires are under investigation as of Tuesday, Dec. 29, Montclair Deputy Fire Chief Robert Duncan said. 

On Monday, Dec. 28, at about 11:43 p.m., the fire department received a call reporting a fire on Portland Place. Crews arrived and found heavy fire issuing from a third-floor dormer window.

The house’s residents evacuated before the crews arrived. The third floor sustained heavy fire damage, while the first and second floors had smoke and water damage. 

The Belleville Fire Department helped bring the fire under control, while units from East Orange, West Orange and Bloomfield covered the township. The last fire crews left the scene at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29. 

At 11:09 a.m. on Dec. 29, fire crews were called to Mountain Terrace on a report of a fire. Units arrived to find heavy fire issuing from the roof of the house. All of the residents left the house before the crews arrived. 

The third floor sustained heavy fire damage, while the lower floors had smoke and water damage. Units from Clifton, Bloomfield and East Orange helped bring the blaze under control while firefighters from Cedar Grove, Orange and West Orange covered the township. One firefighter was reported to have a minor injury. The last units left the scene at 2:01 p.m. 

-Erin Roll