On Sunday, January 22nd 2012 the Westfield NJ Fire Department responded to 435 South Avenue East at the corner of Westfield Ave for a reported fire. A 2nd alarm was requested on arrival as first arriving units found fire in the rear of a store extending into the cockloft. Union County MAC coordinators requested additional alarm levels as tin ceilings hampered access to the quickly traveling fire. Companies were eventually withdrawn from the building to to sagging roof conditions and they operated with exterior operations for the remainder of the fire. Six businesses were destroyed however the exposures remained in tact with minimal damage. There were no reported injuries.

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