A fire at a funeral home in Newark summoned dozens of firefighters to the scene on Wednesday afternoon.
The fire took place at the Churchman Funeral Home at 345 Thirteenth Avenue. About 60 members of the Newark Fire Department responded to the scene shortly before 12:45 p.m., authorities said.
The fire started on the building's second floor and extended to its third floor. It was placed under control at 1:08 p.m.; no injuries were reported, authorities said.
The Newark Fire Division's Arson Unit is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, authorities said. No additional information was immediately available.
At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, radios of area first responders crackled with a special announcement.
The city’s Police Department and Emergency Medical Service congratulated EMS Chief Al Lincks on his retirement.
“The EMS chief has dedicated 38 years of superior service to the city’s emergency services and has been on the forefront of EMS,” the dispatcher broadcast. “He has helped and watched the service grow into what it is today and what it will be like in the future.”
The current EMS, launched during Mayor Harry Curley’s administration, answered its first service call June 4, 1990, offering a more advanced level care.
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If you were anywhere across the Jersey Shore on Wednesday afternoon you heard the thunder, saw the lighting and watched as the rain poured down with steamy smoke coming from the roads.
At the same time, the lightning strikes became dangerously violent.
A home on Beckerville Road in Whiting was struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon causing it to catch fire.
When Manchester Police arrived around 2:48 pm, the home was fully engulfed in flames.
Nobody was inside the home at the time but two cats, a bird and several reptiles were and tragically did not survive the fire.
Firefighters from the Whiting, Manchester, and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Departments as well, firefighters from nearby Lakehurst, Joint Base, Cassville, Whitesville, and Forked River Fire Departments responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.
In an effort to help the first responders risking their health and safety to serve their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Assembly Democrats Carol Murphy, Annette Chaparro and Raj Mukherji sponsor a bill to extend eligibility for accidental disability and death benefits to certain first responders who contract the disease. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly on Monday.
Law enforcement officers, state troopers, firefighters and emergency medical responders enrolled in one of the three retirement systems associated with these professions are eligible for accidental disability benefits if they sustain a permanent and total disability resulting from a traumatic event that occurred on the job. Similarly, their named beneficiaries are eligible for accidental death benefits if they lose their lives in the line of duty.
The 100th annual Sussex County Fireman’s Association Inspection Day and Parade, a local tradition steeped in camaraderie and competition, has become the latest event to be derailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The cancellation is the first to occur since World War II, when the parade took a back seat due to the war between 1943 and 1945.
Known as the biggest day of the year for all 26 local volunteer fire departments in the county — with some even likening it to Christmas — the event alternates locations each year. This year’s celebration was to be hosted by the Hamburg Borough Fire Department, which hosted the parade in 1920 when the borough was incorporated from portions of Hardyston Township, according to a New Jersey Geological Study.
The gathering also would have served as the 100th anniversary of the Sussex County Firemen’s Association.
Morris County Daily Record
Even if you are following all safety precautions regarding the operation of at-home fireworks, state fire officials are warning of external factors that could cause your Fourth of July celebration to go up in flames.
The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety wants to make residents aware of something called "flame jetting." That happens when a container of flammable liquid with a long neck is poured out near a flame source, and the vapors built up inside the neck ignite in a streak of fire that can reach 10 to 12 feet long.
According to Richard Mikutsky, NJDFS director and state fire marshal, conditions need to be just right for a flame jet to occur, but the results can be catastrophic.
"The container needs airspace above the fuel, and what happens is the fuel evaporates into the airspace, and then it makes a mix of the fuel and oxygen," Mikutsky said. "The forces that are within the container come out under pressure as millions of tiny little droplets, basically a mist."