Resident Rescued from Teaneck (NJ) House Fire

Firefighters operate at a house fire


Photos and report by Bill Tompkins

An occupant of a burning Teaneck (NJ) home was safely removed by first-arriving firefighters as heavy smoke and flames had him trapped on the second floor on April 28, 2018.

Teaneck fire units were dispatched at about 9:00 a.m. to the area of Degraw and Morningside Avenues for a report of a home filled with smoke. First-due Engine 3 reported visible smoke from the eaves then fire showing on the “B” side. Heavy fire in the basement was venting out a side door and extending upward. After removing the trapped resident, lines were stretched in the side and front doors. A second alarm was transmitted, bringing Hackensack and Englewood to the scene.

Members made a push into the basement and were able to knock down the heavy fire. Flames extended to the first floor and pushed smoke throughout the structure. Companies vented and opened up and were able to halt the spread of the fire. Conditions slowly improved and the fire was able to be placed under control in less than two hours. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. Investigators were summoned to determine the cause.

More of Bill’s photos from this fire at


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