Summit fire forces 12 families from homes

Photo Courtesy of the City of Summit
A predawn fire on New Year’s Eve in Summit forced the evacuation of 12 families from an apartment building and two nearby structures.

SUMMIT, NJ — Twelve families were forced from their homes New Year’s Eve morning in Summit when a fire at at an apartment building required the evacuation of the building and two nearby.

Two residents were transported to Overlook Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. There were no reported injuries to responding firefighters, the Summit Fire Department said in a release.
The American Red Cross provided support for the evacuated families.

Fire crews responded to an apartment building on 125 Summit Ave. on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 5:13 a.m. and found heavy fire conditions throughout the structure. Firefighters were able to effectively knock down the blaze that was declared under control at 7:14 a.m.

Several residents had to be rescued by firefighters through windows. The Summit Fire Department was assisted at the scene by members of the Summit Police Department and Volunteer First Aid Squad. Assistance was also provided by Millburn, Springfield, Mountainside, Union, Fanwood, New Providence, Kenilworth, Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights and Roselle Park fire departments.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Summit Fire Department Investigation Unit.