by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
CALDWELL, NJ - On Wednesday morning at about 11:30am, the Caldwell Fire Department responded to a working fire at 12 Hatfield Street, Caldwell. According to Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing, the borough is collecting donations on behalf of the residents - an adult son and his mother - who do not have insurance.
The Mayor is requesting the following donations:
Mail or drop off to:
No clothing or household items will be accepted.
According to Caldwell Fire Chief Gary Garamella, firefighters arrived just after 11:30am to find heavy fire on the first and second floors of the three story wooden house. The only occupant of the house, a woman late in age, had already been evacuated. The Caldwell Fire Department, with the mutual aid of Cedar Grove Fire, Verona Fire and West Caldwell Fire departments, aggressively fought the fire from the inside.
A second call was disapatched to the Montclair Fire Department once the fire began to spread to the third floor. The main extent of the fire was knocked down by 12: 45pm, but it took until 1:30pm to extinguish the remainder of the third-floor fire.
Garamella confirmed that a firefighter, who did not wish to be identified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for treatment by the West Essex First Aid Squad.
At this time the cause of the fire has not been determined.
Video Credit: Ronald Bombaro
During the fire event, area fire departments from Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, and West Orange provided house coverage for Caldwell and West Caldwell fire houses.