PARSIPPANY — There was a fire reported in the condominiums located in Cambridge Village, 189 Littleton Road, Building 9, at approximately 10:05 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire District 6, Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire District 1, Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire Department District 5 and Lake Hiawatha Volunteer Fire District 4 were dispatched to on the scene. Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad and Rockaway Neck Volunteer Ambulance Squad was on the scene.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire District 6 fire chief was first to arrive and recorded heavy smoke and fire coming from the first floor apartment (Unit 59). Parsippany Police Department reported to Chief Vincent Petito that someone was hanging out of the second floor apartment back window (Unit 61), and advised officers that he could not exit down his staircase. District 6, Engine 62 arriving soon after and threw up ground ladders and removed one male from the second floor apartment. He was taken to Morristown Hospital for evaluation. Five residents on the first floor fire apartment were also taken to Morristown. Lake Hiawatha Fire Chief Cleary assisted District 6 and entered unit #61 via the stairway and rescued the occupant’s German Shepard.
EMS personnel transported a total of seven people to Morristown Medical Center and treated 1 person at the scene:
• 3 children and 2 adults from unit #59 (precautionary)
• 1 adult from unit #61 (smoke inhalation)
• 1 firefighter (smoke inhalation)
• 1 police officer treated on scene for smoke inhalation
Units #59 and #61 were deemed uninhabitable and the Red Cross was contacted for assistance. Parsippany Rescue and Recovery responded to the scene and boarded up the windows and doorways.
Parsippany Police Department Fire Arson Investigator Detective M. Czajka, Morris County Prosecutors Office Arson Unit and Morris County Sheriff Crime Scene Unit were investigating the cause of the fire. Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano also responded to the scene.
Fire was under control around 10:20 p.m.