On Saturday, September 6, at 3:01 AM, Bergenfield Police received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 67 Arlington Avenue. The first arriving police patrols reported a heavy smoke condition coming from the residence. Fire units arrived quickly and began their attack on the fire which was reported to be a “working” fire by Fire Chief Jason Lanzilotti.
The cause of the fire was determined to be food burning on a stove which extended to the cabinets and walls behind the stove located on the first floor of the single-family residence. First-in firefighters quickly extinguished the main fire and additional firefighter personnel handled the fire that extended into the walls between the basement and the second floor. Fire personnel also rescued a family dog from the basement area.
There were no reported injuries to the residents or fire personnel. Heavy smoke, as well as utility shut off, caused the displacement of the residents for the remaining early morning. The fire is not deemed suspicious at this time.
The Bergenfield Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the New Milford Fire Department FAST (Firefighter Assist and Search Team), as well as the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The fire operations were completed in a time of approximately ninety (90) minutes.