Residents flee house fire

Morristown — The Morristown Fire Department responded yesterday evening at 4:24 PM to a fire at 432 Montrose Avenue where a single-family residence was found to be on fire with smoke showing from the windows and eaves. Morristown Police Department, Morristown EMS and Morristown Utility also responded. The MFD Investigation Unit will be on site today to examine the scene.

MFD responded with four engines, one truck company and one command vehicle totaling 16 personnel. The first arriving engine arrived in four minutes and set up for an interior attack. Upon entry, the three-man crew found smoke banked down to the floor. They quickly located the source and extinguished the fire. The reported control time was 4:32 PM. The living room, bedrooms and kitchen all suffered fire damage. The living room appears to be the room of origin. The resident stated that he fell asleep while smoking and woke up with his shirt on fire. He said he removed his shirt and threw it on the couch.

The property did not have smoke alarms at the time of the fire.

The MFD cleared the scene 6:09 PM with a total on scene time of 1 hour 41 minutes. Damage is estimated at $80,000. The house is uninhabitable. The occupants are staying with relatives. The Morristown Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the origin and cause of the fire which is believed to be accidental.