Fire wrecks Court Ave. house



Township police personnel responded to a report of a house fire on Court Ave. last Wednesday, July 13.

Upon arrival at 229 Court, at about 3:30 p.m., Police Officers Paul Haggerty and Steven Passamano observed flames on the west side of the single-family residence, police said.

The officers made their way inside the building and determined that all but one of the occupants had already left. The remaining family member had called in the fire report.

Members of the Lyndhurst Volunteer Fire Department, with mutual aid from North Arlington Volunteers, put out the blaze as East Rutherford and Secaucus Fire Departments provided stand-by protection in Lyndhurst.

Lyndhurst Police Det. Vincent Auteri said that although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, “it appears to be accidental. The fire is believed to have started on the exterior west side before [spreading] to the second floor and ultimately to the attic.”

No injuries were reported, he said.

Ron Leir | Observer Correspondent

Ron Leir has been a newspaperman since the late ’60s, starting his career with The Jersey Journal, having served as a summer reporter during college. He became a full-time scribe in February 1972, working mostly as a general assignment reporter in all areas except sports, including a 3-year stint as an assistant editor for entertainment, features, religion, etc. He retired from the JJ in May 2009 and came to The Observer shortly thereafter. He is also a part-time actor, mostly on stage, having worked most recently with the Kearny-based W.H.A.T. Co. and plays Sunday softball in Central Park, N.Y.