Fire chief: Large overnight fire at Teaneck home leaves at least 2 dead

At least two people are dead following an overnight three-alarm fire that broke out at a two-story home in Teaneck, the fire chief says.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2021, 12:12 PM

Updated 1,017 days ago

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At least two people are dead following an overnight three-alarm fire that broke out at a two-story home in Teaneck, Fire Chief Jordan Zaretsky says.
The fire began around 3:30 a.m. at the home on Arlington Avenue, primarily on the first and second floor.
According to Zaretsky, when firefighters arrived, there was an active fire on the second floor of the house. The home suffered significant damage.
Zaretsky says the bodies were found in an attic bedroom apartment.
Firefighters had the main portion of the fire put out by about 4:30 a.m. Firefighters from 11 different towns responded, as well as EMS back up due to the heat.
"They are professionals,” says Zaretsky. “They do what they have to do. We support them, we make sure physically, emotionally and mentally that they're in great shape."
One Teaneck firefighter suffered a burn on his leg. He was taken to a hospital and released. Two firefighters from responding towns were also treated on scene for heat exhaustion.  
Firefighters searched the home multiple times, and they are confident there will not be any further victims. 
The fire does not appear suspicious at this time. The cause of the fire is unknown.


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