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Hawthorne Firefighters Battle 3rd Alarm Blaze

By CHRIS TOMPKINS, Senior Correspondent | November 21, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 112321102

Hawthorne - Firefighters battled a stubborn blaze Sunday night that caused extensive damage and claimed the lives of four cats.
The Hawthorne police desk started receiving calls just after 7pm for a reported house fire with heavy fire in the rear. Police officers arrived on scene within minutes and reported they had fire showing with possible entrapment inside. Chief Speranza confirmed the initial reports that he had a working house fire at 76 Victor Pl and that the rear of the house was well involved with unconfirmed reports of people trapped. A second alarm was transmitted for cover with the exception of Glen Rock to the scene as a FAST Team. Engine 1 arrived on scene and stretch multiple hand lines to the rear of the house as well as though the front door. Tower 2 set up in front of the house as Engine 3 and Engine 4 secured additional water supplies. Firefighters were heavily engaged in searches of the home as well as an aggressive fire attack. All residents were brought to safety and handed over to ems. Crews were able to knock down the heavy fire in the rear but the fire had already extended into the attic. Tower 2 laddered the roof and made a vent hole as heavy smoke emitted from all parts of the attic. Heavy fire vented though the roof as well as the delta side attic window. Handlines were able to knock down the heavy fire. A third alarm was requested to cover with an additional engine from Wyckoff to the scene. The fire was knocked down in about an hours and the home was deemed a loss. A total of 4 cats perished in the blaze, however both homeowners were able to escape with minor injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown but under investigation.

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