Working Apartment fire

At approximately 11:35pm this past Friday night, NMFD responded for the reported heavy smoke condition in the 2nd floor apartment on the 700 block of Columbia Street. Chief 301 arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire in a 2 story garden apartment and requested a fast team from Dumont Fire Department.  Engine 32(Acting Engine 33) was first due and stretched a line to the affected apartment. A secondary line was stretched to the front door. Interior crews opened up the walls and found a small fire in the wall which was quickly knocked down. Additional manpower arrived on scene and checked the adjacent apartments for extension. All searches were found negative. NMFD was assisted on scene by Oradell Fire Deparment, Dumont FD, and New Milford Volunteer Ambulance Corps. A feline was removed to safety from the adjacent apartment by FF Daniel Drew. Crews operated on scene for approx. 1 and a half hours.