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2 Firefighters Injured, 50 Respond To Teaneck 2nd Alarm Blaze

A second-alarm fire left a Teaneck home uninhabitable Wednesday, authorities said.
A second-alarm fire left a Teaneck home uninhabitable Wednesday, authorities said. Photo Credit: Teaneck Fire Department

TEANECK, N.J. — Two fire lieutenants were treated for injuries at Holy Name Medical Center while responding to a second-alarm house fire just after 12 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

The Wendel Place fire was deemed under control as of 12:45 p.m., but an investigation was still under way as of 7:30 p.m., Teaneck Battalion Chief Paul Kearns Jr. said in a press release.

The Building Department deemed the house to be uninhabitable and the fire department provided direction to the homeowner to assist in the recovery process; to arrange for housing, insurance and security concerns, according to the press release.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Browning was the first to arrive on scene at 12:20, and he reported fire showing from the second floor rear corner, Kearns Jr. said.

Browning immediately requested a second-alarm assignment and mutual aid to the scene and immediately conducted primary searches — no victims were found, according to the release.

Chief Anthony Verley arrived on scene, followed by Engine 2, which stretched a hand line through an open side door to the seat of the fire, fire officials said.

An estimated 50 firefighters from all Teaneck companies, Hackensack, Englewood and Bergenfield helped extinguish the blaze, authorities said.

Ridgefield Park Fire Department, Bogota Fire Department and the Bergenfield Fire Departments stood by Teaneck Fire Headquarters provided coverage for the township, Kearns Jr. said.

Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps was requested to the scene to provide medical stand-by and perform Fireground Rehab duties, the release says.

Teaneck Police Department provided scene security and diverted traffic from the scene. Engine 1 arrived on scene from a previous response and was assigned RIT team, according to Kearns Jr.

PSE&G and Suez Water was requested to the scene and secondary searches were conducted before the fire was extinguished, according to the press release.

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