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Collyer's Mansion Conditions Hamper Firefighting Efforts in Ridgefield Park

By DAMIEN DANIS, Senior Correspondent | May 31, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 060120123

Ridgefield Park, NJ - On the evening of May 31st, a Summit Street home was destroyed, displacing residents in Ridgefield Park.

Companies were dispatched to 47 Summit Street just after 8:30 P.M. for a report of smoke coming from a home. Upon arrival Chief John Antola advised smoke showing. A second-alarm was struck, bringing mutual aid to the scene. Collyer's Mansion conditions contributed to the fire, causing it to spread to the second floor quickly.

As conditions worsened, crews were evacuated and a defensive strategy was established. Once the heavy fire was knocked down, crews entered the home to make another interior attack. The fire was knocked down in about one hour, around 9:30 P.M.

According to officials, one resident was home at the time the fire began. The fire is under investigation with a malfunctioning extension cord being looked at as a possible cause.

Mutual aid from Bogota, Hackensack, Teaneck, Little Ferry and Englewood operated on the scene while companies from Bogota and Bergenfield were on standby.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.