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Friday, August 30, 2013

Belvidere Avenue home badly damaged by fire

A vacant home on Belvidere Avenue was extensively damaged
in a fire Thursday night.

A vacant home in the 700-block of Belvidere Avenue in Plainfield's Netherwood Heights neighborhood was badly damaged by a fire on Thursday evening.

A neighbor and I were at a meeting when the neighbor received a phone call from yet another neighbor about 9:15 PM that a fire had broken out in the vacant home.

By the time we got there a few minutes later, the Plainfield Fire Division was busily extinguishing the flames. The police had barricaded both Belvidere and Berkeley Avenues, making for minor traffic jams on this quiet 'shortcut' street just blocks from the Netherwood Train Station.

The home has been vacant since it was damaged by Hurricane Irene in August, 2011, when a tree crashed into the roof causing the home to lose power and suffer water damage.

Since that time, the vacant home has become an eyesore greatly upsetting the neighbors in this quiet, well-maintained historic district.

There is no word yet about whether the fire is of suspicious origin, but a routine arson investigation will be conducted.

An insurance adjuster and home repair crews were on the scene already at 8:00 AM when I went by for a daylight photo.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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