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Attached Garage Fire Burns Family Out Of Lyndhurst Home

No injuries were reported.
No injuries were reported. Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

LYNDHURST, N.J. -- A raging attached garage fire displaced residents of a private Lyndhurst home around noontime Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters found flames shooting from the garage in the 1½-story Maple Avenue home, Deputy Fire Commissioner Paul Haggerty told Daily Voice.

The first engine company, commanded by 2nd Assistant Chief Joseph Abruscato, "quickly and aggressively knocked down the main body of fire within minutes of arrival," Haggerty said.

Abruscato requested a modified second alarm because some township firefighters were returning with their Rutherford colleagues from another assignment in North Arlington, he said.

East Rutherford assisted with standby coverage at fire headquarters as well as Rutherford FD upon their return from the scene.

An extensive overhaul was necessary and "the residence was deemed uninhabitable by the Lyndhurst Building Department," Haggerty said. "The residents are currently displaced and seeking alternate means for temporary lodging."

The Lyndhurst Fire Prevention Bureau was investigating the blaze, which he said initially didn't appear suspicious.

Abruscato, the 2nd assistant chief, commended the efforts of the township and Rutherford firefighters.

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