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Teaneck Couple Perishes in Tragic Three-Alarm House Fire

By CHRIS TOMPKINS, Senior Correspondent | July 08, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 071221123

TEANECK, NJ - Tragedy struck in Teaneck early Thursday morning, July 8th, as fire tore through a three-story home, claiming the lives of a young couple.

Multiple 9-1-1 calls came in just before 3:30 A.M. for a reported structure fire at 1161 Arlington Ave., with possible entrapment. Units arrived within minutes to find a a three-story frame with heavy fire engulfing the second floor and attic. A third-alarm was transmitted as first due firefighters prepared to search for the missing occupants.

Primaries of the basement and first floor were negative, however searches of the upper floors were delayed due to fire conditions. An aggressive interior attack knocked down the heavy fire conditions on the second floor and companies began a search for the missing couple. While searching, heavy fire began to break through the roof and rear of the home. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the remaining fire.

Teaneck and mutual aid companies continued to search while opening up and checking for extension and located the two bodies reported missing. The Bergen County Prosecutor's office was requested to the scene for an investigation.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital for burns to the knees and two others for heat exhaustion. Mutual aid from Hackensack, Englewood, Bergenfield, Dumont, Bogota, Leonia and Ridgefield Park assisted on scene. The fire is believed to be accidental in nature, however still remains under investigation.

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