A full response from both the Orange and Montclair Fire Departments fought a dwelling fire on the border of both cities on February 7th. Shortly before 10:00 PM, Montclair fire units were dispatched to 450 Orange Rd. followed shortly by Orange firefighters to the same address. The MFD arrived first and reported a smoke condition from a large 2 ½ story frame. Orange units soon arrived and both departments initiated the attack. A working fire was discovered in the basement with the flames extending to the first floor. Lines were stretched and the structure vented but the fire was traveling through the balloon frame dwelling.
As the smoke condition intensified and fire was visible from the second floor, the decision was made to go defensive. Members were withdrawn and exterior lines were put in operation and Montclair set up for ladder pipe operations, but to soon became apparent that water pressure was going to be a problem. A request was made to the water company for more pressure, but the reply was that the pressure in the area was maxed out.
Longer stretches helped, and soon several handlines and intermittently a deck gun and ladder pipe operated. Flames eventually broke through the roof. A major collapse of the “A-D” corner of the structure occurred which helped provide access to the interior flames. Operations continued to well after midnight before the fire could be placed under control. It was eventually determined that the structure was in the Orange City limits. No serious injuries were reported.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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