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Monday, May 23, 2022

Raging Fire Consumes Paterson Warehouse, Threatens Neighboring Buildings

PHOTOS: Several dozen firefighters doused a roaring pre-dawn fire in Paterson on Sunday that destroyed a warehouse owned by one of the Silk City's oldest businesses while threatening neighboring buildings. Flames shooting through the roof met firefighters when they arrived at the Levine Industries warehouse on Florida Avenue near East Railway Avenue shortly after 4:30 a.m. The roof eventually collapsed as they worked to drown the fire from various angles, keeping it contained. The two-alarm blaze -- which went to two alarms for manpower -- was declared under control a little over an hour later. Levine Industries, which makes boxes and packaging materials, has operated in Paterson for more than 85 years.
Fort Lee Daily Voice

Structure Fire in Maplewood Quickly Knocked Down

About 10:45 Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, the Maplewood Fire Department responded to an alarm that there was an active fire in a residence at 75 Park Avenue. They responded and upon arrival found the house full of thick black smoke. The Command on site put out a call for Mutual Aid as the amount of smoke indicated the possibility of a major fire. The house had been evacuated prior to the firefighter’s arrival, and they were able to knock down the fire rather quickly. Automatic mutual aid was provided with one engine from South Orange under an existing agreement. The fire was in the basement, localized to the clothes dryer, and the homeowner told TAPinto SOMA that he had attempted to put out the fire with his extinguisher, and that did not put it out, instead causing the heavy black smoke.
Tap Into Soma

Atlantic City firehouse receives $500,000 grant for rehabilitation

Out of the thousands of national historic landmarks in the United States, Atlantic City Fire Station No. 2 was the only New Jersey site to receive $500,000 from the African American Civil Rights Grant program. Forty-four projects in 15 states will be awarded a total of $16,247,500 from the program, National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said. The grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and are given to states, local governments, tribes and nonprofits to preserve the history of African American struggles for civil rights. This includes providing grants for rehabilitation, for which Fire Station No. 2 plans to use its $500,000. An additional $750,000 grant was awarded to the firehouse in October by the New Jersey Historic Trust, which will be used to complete exterior renovations.
Press of Atlantic City - Metered Site

Hoboken to host series of public safety meetings with residents

Public safety authorities in Hoboken will host a series of informal public meetings with residents to increase awareness of public safety initiatives and education campaigns, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced. The Hoboken Community and Public Safety (CAPS) forums, hosted by new Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante and Hoboken City Council Public Safety Subcommittee Chair Councilman Joe Quintero, will be held every other month. “Open and transparent lines of communication are critical to keeping our community safe and informed,” Bhalla said. “The new Hoboken CAPS series will bring together the city’s essential first-responders, residents, and business leaders, under one roof for open dialogue about current trends, concerns, and programs.”
New Jersey Advance -

Friday, May 20, 2022

Prosecutor: Man Lit Vehicle On Fire In Bergen County

A Wayne man was charged with aggravated arson after setting a vehicle on fire in Bergen County, authorities said Tuesday. Lyndhurst police found a Ford Escape engulfed in flames just after 9 p.m. May 12, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. The Lyndhurst Fire Department extinguished the blaze. An investigation determined that Christopher Baulch deliberately set the fire, authorities said. The news release from the prosecutor's office and the criminal complaint for Baulch's arrest didn't list any potential motive. A spokesperson for the prosecutor's office said they couldn't provide additional information on the case. Surveillance footage showed Baulch, 43, intentionally setting fire to the vehicle while it was parked on Cleveland Avenue, the complaint says.
Wayne Patch

Follow up: Toms River firefighter describes efforts to uncover victims in sand collapse

A New Jersey firefighter says his department is still recovering emotionally after attempting to dig two teenage victims out of a sand collapse at Toms River’s Ocean Beach on Tuesday. Despite first responders’ efforts, Levi Caverly, 18, died in the collapse of a 10-foot hole he dug on the beach with his 17-year-old sister, whom rescuers saved after hours of digging. "Our prayers are with the family," Brian Kubiel, chief administrator of Toms River Fire District 1, told Fox News Digital on Thursday. Fire department personnel, as well as the close-knit community of Toms River, are "emotional" about the tragic loss of Caverly, but they are grateful they were able to rescue his sister, Kubiel said. The pair, who were visiting the Jersey Shore from Maine with their parents, apparently dug the hole in wet weather, causing the walls to collapse around them while they were inside it.
FOX News

45 Somerset County first responders honored for heroism during Hurricane Ida

It was a night no one in Somerset County will ever forget. On Sept. 1 Hurricane Ida walloped Somerset County with record-breaking rains, resulting in unprecedented flooding, property damage and lost lives. But it could have been worse. Thanks to the courage and heroism of first responders who responded by car, truck, boat, helicopter, high water rescue vehicle and swimming in debris-filled water, countless lives were saved. They were, as one of the rescued people said, "angels." Green Brook volunteer firefighters rescued more than a dozen drivers in flood waters along Route 22. Ten New Jersey State Police troopers used two helicopters to rescue people throughout the county. A Hillsborough police officer helped a Montgomery police officer rescue his wife trapped on the roof of her submerged vehicle.
My Central Jersey - Metered Site

Crews Douse Massive Sussex County Car Fire

PHOTO: Emergency crews in Sussex County were quick to douse a car that went up in flames on Route 15 Thursday evening. Engine 3 with the Sparta Township Fire Department responded to the billowing blaze near milepost 11.5 in Sparta around 6:20 p.m. The department worked alongside Sparta volunteers to extinguish the blaze while minimizing delays to traffic. All of the occupants had safely exited the vehicle prior to crews’ arrival. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
Sussex Daily Voice

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