Fire Claims Two Lives in Union, New Jersey


Union, NEW JERSEY — A devastating fire erupted in a two-family residence in Union on Sunday, resulting in the loss of two lives.

The blaze ignited at approximately 5:30 a.m. on the 900 block of Grandview Avenue, engulfing the upper floor of the house and causing extensive damage. Regrettably, both the roof and second floor succumbed to the inferno.

Despite the valiant efforts of firefighters who worked tirelessly to rescue the trapped individuals on the upper level, they were tragically unable to save them from the flames.

Union Fire Chief Greg Ricciardi provided insight into the challenging rescue operation, stating, "We started making entry right after, searched through the windows to try and make a rescue of the bodies. But due to the high heat of the fire and the conditions... we were unable to do so."

Residents in the vicinity reported that the firefighting efforts were initiated even before the arrival of first responders. "They were trying to put the fire out with a garden hose," one resident recounted.

A male resident on the lower floor sustained injuries during the incident; however, the extent of his injuries has not been immediately disclosed.

Witnesses in the neighborhood described feeling their homes shake following a loud sound akin to an explosion. "I heard the bang, that's what woke me up," shared one neighbor.

No additional injuries have been reported at this time. The identities of the two victims have not yet been released pending notification of their next of kin.

Authorities are actively investigating the cause of the fire, employing drones to thoroughly examine the remnants of the house. The community mourns the loss and awaits further updates as the investigation unfolds.