A four alarm fire tore through a hundred year old building in Downtown Orange on December 7th, leaving up to forty people homeless and ruining two businesses. At about 1:30 AM, Orange firefighters were dispatched to 214 Main Street for a report of fire. On arrival a second alarm was transmitted for smoke and fire venting out of a first floor nail salon with occupants still inside the building. Firefighters safely removed all people from the interior apartments and the fire escapes without serious injuries.
The heavy fire in the nail salon was knocked down in about fifteen minutes, but heavy smoke was issuing from the rest of the structure. Shortly thereafter a Chief in the rear reported heavy fire out of four windows and the decision was made to go defensive. A third alarm was sounded, followed by a fourth. A Millburn Tower and the Orange stick put elevated master streams in operation in the front of the building along with handlines. In the rear, Montclair put a ladder pipe to work with several lines in an attempt to hold the fire to the original building.
Flames eventually made it into the cockloft of the “D” exposure before the fire was able to be placed under control. The displaced residents were taken to a local school for shelter. Two firefighters were reported to have received minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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