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Fourth of July House Fire in Emerson

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

EMERSON, NJ - The Fourth of July went out with a bang for firefighters in Emerson as they battled a second-alarm house fire late Tuesday night.

Around 10:30 P.M., firefighters were dispatched to 33 Colonial Rd. for a reported structure fire. Emerson's Chief arrived on scene and reported a working fire with heavy fire from the garage with extension to the home. A second-alarm was transmitted as Emerson Squad 28 and Westwood's tower were first arriving units.

Two lines were stretched, one to the rear of the home and one through the front door. A primary search of the home was conducted as initial lines were able to quickly knock down the heavy fire in the garage. Additional units continued to arrive on scene and a third line was stretched to the front of the garage.

Firefighters were able to contain any extension to the home to the adjoining wall to the garage. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes, however crews remained on scene checking for further extension and hitting hot spots. Mutual aid from Westwood, Oradell, Closter, Paramus and Dumont assisted on scene. No injuries were reported, and the fire is under investigation. 

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CHRIS TOMPKINSSenior Correspondent

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