On Tuesday, October 1st at approximately 3:15 a.m. fire and rescue units were dispatched to a structure fire in a three story single family home located in the 15500 block of Windward Court in Montclair.
Upon arrival on the scene, the attached garage was fully involved and the fire had spread to two levels of the home and through the roof. The fire’s intense heat caused extensive damage to an adjacent home as well.
The occupant of the home was awakened by the smoke alarm sounding allowing her to safely evacuate and call 911. She was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries and later released. Red Cross was not requested.
Preliminary damages are estimated at a near total loss; the Building Official has deemed the property uninhabitable.
The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
would like to remind the public, that when properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire. You double your chances of surviving a home fire with working smoke alarms compared to homes without working smoke alarms. To keep you and your family safe follow these life-saving smoke alarm tips:
· Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home including the basement and inside and outside sleeping areas.
· Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.
· Change the batteries in your alarms at least once a year or each time you change your clock. (spring forward, fall back).
· DO NOT remove the batteries from your smoke alarms to put in other appliances.