Two Fires Reported Minutes Apart in Teaneck [UPDATE]

Total of three fires reported on Friday, chief says.

Teaneck firefighters rushed to three fires in a single day Friday, including two reported minutes apart. 

A fire Van Arsdale Place left the side of a home badly damaged, but fire crews were able to quickly contain the flames before the entire house was destroyed. 

“Early arrival and an aggressive attack by the units made the difference,” Teaneck Fire Department Battalion Chief Joseph Zbierski said in a statement. “The firefighters did an excellent job.”

Fire investigators remained at the scene Friday night. 

About three minutes later, firefighters were called to a chimney fire just before 6:30 p.m. on Crestview Place, near Bogota, according to Fire Chief Anthony Verley. A fireplace overloaded with logs caused a blockage and sent smoke into the house. 

The chief urged residents to take precautions using fireplaces by making sure not to overload them and not leaving a flame unattended. The department's thermal imaging camera was a useful too in that response, he added. 

Earlier Friday morning, firefighters responded to Myron Court for an outlet fire. 

The spate of fires came as Teaneck's firefighters responded to 41 calls as of 10 p.m. Friday, the chief said. 

Teaneck's police, fire and volunteer ambulance service have been running to scores of calls since Sandy hit Monday. Days after the storm's impact, responders have said the load of emergency calls has continued. 

The fire department, police and Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps have issued safety tips for residents copping with the ongoing impact's of Sandy

Updated 11:29 p.m. Friday


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