On December 25 at 253pm, police, fire units and Ems responded to 9 Myrtle ave on an active fire reported by the home owner. All three residents evacuated the home safely prior to Units arrival. The fire which appeared to have originated in the basement, (Origin and Cause is still under investigation) had fully engulfed the home (2 floors).
The fire was suppressed at about 445pm however the home was deemed unsafe and the structure was taken down for safety reasons. A cat belonging to the home owners did perish in the fire. Also a firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation evaluation.
Although the cause is still under investigation preliminary investigation does suggest that no criminality was involved and it may have been accidental. OEM did arrange rooms for the Lazicki Family (home owners/victims) at a nearby hotel. Mutual aid consisting of Carlstadt, East Rutherford, JC, Kearny, Lyndhurst, North Arlington and Wallington Fire units were also present or on stand by.
YouTube user Jeff Stang shared this video of the fire on YouTube