Contact Us
Northern Highlands Daily Voice serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick
Return to your home site

Menu

Northern Highlands Daily Voice serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: Firefighters Douse Rochelle Park Basement Fire
DV Pilot Police & Fire

UPDATE: Historic Newark Mansion Destroyed In 3-Alarm Blaze, 2 Firefighters Hurt

About 80 firefighters were on the scene in Newark Thursday night, when fire destroyed a historic Clinton Avenue mansion
About 80 firefighters were on the scene in Newark Thursday night, when fire destroyed a historic Clinton Avenue mansion Video Credit: JeffStang Fire Photography

A historic 127-year-old mansion was consumed by fire in Newark Thursday night, Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said in a statement.

Firefighters responded to 172 Clinton Ave. shortly before 8 p.m., where the fire was ripping through the vacant home. The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control around midnight. About 80 firefighters responded, Ambrose said,. including units from Elizabeth and Bloomfield.

One firefighter suffered an eye injury and a second sustained a knee injury.

Part of the structure collapsed, briefly entrapping a group of firefighters.  The cause was under investigation Thursday night.

The building, known as The Kastner Mansion, was built in 1892, during the heyday of Newark's so-called "beer barons," according to Preservation New Jersey.

The distinctive, 32-room Chateauesque home changed hands multiple times, at one point serving as a casket factory and later an Elks lodge. It had been vacant for the last several years.

"The Kastner Mansion tells an all-too-familiar story of once-prosperous urban areas with a wealth of unique historic resources, and the challenge of prioritizing heritage preservation in environments with so many competing significant needs," Preservation New Jersey said on its web site.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Northern Highlands Daily Voice!

Serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Northern Highlands Daily Voice!

Serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.