MILLVILLE — A two-alarm fire in a city duplex left at least two people homeless Saturday.
Firefighters from Millville and Vineland worked on the blaze at a home in the 100 block of South Third Street
Millville firefighters who were called about 11:15 a.m. found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the two-story building. A second alarm brought firefighters from Vineland’s Station 2.
A mother and child inside one residence escaped unharmed. Nobody was home inside the adjoining condo at the time of the fire.
No one was injured, Millville Fire Capt. Mike Lippincott said.
One home had extensive fire and smoke damage. The other sustained moderate damage.
The fire apparently started at the rear of the building in the kitchen, he said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation but was not considered suspicious, Lippincott said.
Fire crews had to contend with bracing cold that caused the water to freeze, creating treacherous conditions, he said.
“That was a little bit of an issue. We had some equipment icing up. Ice formed on the ladders and the hose lines. Fortunately, nobody was injured,” he said.
The American Red Cross worked at the scene to provide assistance to the displaced residents, he said.
The fire was declared under control around 1 p.m.
About 19 firefighters from Millville and six from Vineland responded. The Laurel Lake Fire Company covered Millville’s station during its response.
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