On Sunday, August 17, at approximately 01:19 AM, a 911 call was received from a resident reporting a house fire at 56 Porter Avenue. A General Alarm for Fire Department units was made as well as the dispatch of police patrol units. Upon arrival of patrol, it was reported to be a working fire. First responding fire unit command reported the fire to be located on the exterior of the single family residence. Bergenfield Fire Department Chief, Jason Lanzilotti, reported that firefighters quickly extinguished the fire which had started to spread along some exterior house parts and caused damage to the electric meter, a fence and some household contents stored on the outside of the home. PSE&G utility responded to the scene to secure the electrical circuit from the pole to the residence. This electric shutdown caused the displacement of the residents for the remainder of the night and until it is deemed safe to restore power.
There were no injuries to any residents or firefighters during this incident. Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps members responded to the scene and stood by to render any medical aid if it was needed. The cause of the fire has not yet been officially determined but is not deemed suspicious at this time. Members of the Bergenfield Fire Department continue to investigate the cause.
The Bergenfield Fire units were on scene for approximately 90 minutes from the time of alarm until completion. No mutual aid was needed for this incident. The residents of 56 Porter Avenue are listed as Ramirez.