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Monday, September 25, 2023

Firefighter injured while investigating underground electrical issue at Dunkin’ in Camden County

A Camden County firefighter was injured on Sunday while investigating an incident involving an underground electrical issue by a Dunkin'. Officials in Camden said one firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries when he came in contact with an electrical box at a Dunkin' on the unit block of South Broadway Street. The firefighter was transported to Cooper University Hospital for his injuries. Smoke was seen coming from a manhole near the Dunkin' around noon. Officials say a fire was emanating from the manhole cover of an underground electrical unit below the coffee shop. According to officials, the underground conduit became energized and caused a power surge. That caused an electrical panel at the Dunkin' to explode.
WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Firefighters battle massive blaze at South River business

VIDEO: Firefighters are at the scene of a massive fire at a South River business. News 12 Reporter Ali Reid says crews from multiple agencies have been battling the fire along Main Street since 10 a.m. One business owner told her that he believes the fire erupted at a mixed-used store. Witnesses say the fire also spread to neighboring businesses and two apartments on the second floor. It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries or if there was anybody in the building when the fire spread. Roumany Tawadrous, who owns the jewelry store next door, says he had to act fast after hearing an explosion. "I saw flames and I saw fire… and then it spreads so quickly,” he said. “My coworker called 911. We have tanks, gas tanks, so we ran inside to get it out... but the smoke was too much inside," he recounted.
News 12 New Jersey

Five Injured in West Milford House Explosion

An explosion in a West Milford home sent five individuals to hospitals on Friday night, while one person declined additional medical care. The explosion occurred at approximately 9 p.m., causing significant damage to the structure, according to a statement from West Milford Police Department. Deputy Fire Chief Rich Poplaski indicated the cause of the explosion remains unknown. The town of West Milford is situated 33 miles north of Morristown, New Jersey, and 48 miles northwest of New York City. Emergency services airlifted the injured to various medical centers. Two victims were transported to Morristown Medical Center, one to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, one to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, and one to Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack.
Shore News Network

Friday, September 22, 2023

After epic New Jersey wildfire season, state pledges additional $3M to fight blazes

An additional $3 million in funding will be provided to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Fire Service to aid in fighting wildfires, officials announced Thursday. The importance of additional funding for new equipment and staff “cannot be understated” as climate change continues to worsen and prolong wildfire seasons in New Jersey, state Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said in a press release. “In addition to protecting lives and property, our Forest Fire Service assists with natural disasters, maintains hundreds of miles of roads, works alongside multiple cooperators to develop and implement strategic plans that reduce the risk of future wildfires, and lends their talents to other states when wildfires strike,” said LaTourette.
New Jersey Advance -

Police: 4-alarm fire damages 2 Bayonne homes, displaces 8 people

VIDEO: A four-alarm fire forced eight people out of their Bayonne homes on Thursday morning. The fire started in the back of the house at 144 W. Fifth St. and spread to the home next door. The houses are located next to the Bayonne Bridge. Authorities on the scene say no one was injured. Bayonne police officers and the Bayonne Fire Department safely evacuated some residents. Edwin Robles lives in one of the homes. He said he left shortly before the fire started and was worried about his daughter who was still inside. "I left 10 minutes prior to the fire, and when I came back, the fire was there," said Robles. Residents and animals were able to make it out safely and are now being helped by the American Red Cross. Authorities say one firefighter was treated for minor injuries.
News 12 New Jersey

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