Morris County authorities are investigating a fire that killed a person inside a house in East Hanover on Thursday.
The early morning fire broke out in a single-family house located in the 20's block of Ward Place around midnight.
A preliminary investigation indicated that heavy fire spread through the wood-framed house then made its way to the roof. Crews stretched several lines to knock down the fire before entering the structure to check for trapped and injured occupants.
At approximately 12:17 a.m., one person was pulled from the home and pronounced dead a short time later.
A firefighter and one other person suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to reports.
The Kenilworth Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.
Shawn Kelly joined the department in 2005 after graduating from Union County Fire Academy. There, he earned his Firefighter 1 and 2 certifications.
He also obtained his New Jersey state EMT certification that same year. Kelly was also a member of the Union County Police/Fire Pipes and Drums.
Through his time on the department he achieved the ranks of lieutenant, captain, and president of the department.
"I've always regarded Shawn, as well as his Dad, pillars of the KFD," said Tom Soltysik. "I'm so sorry to hear this news."
"Shawn was a stand out guy good guy in a department full of good guys," someone else wrote.
"Whether it was going to work on a job, poking fun at each other, or just joking back at the firehouse after a 3AM false alarm... Just a great guy, who will be missed."
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The company’s vintage fire engine will be on hand. The public is invited.
As early as 1910, residents of Wanamassa organized to protect against fire. In February of that year, volunteers formed the Iona Park (a section of Wanamasssa) Fire Company, an unofficial organization that housed its single piece of equipment—a hand-drawn chemical unit donated by the Spring Lake Fire Company— in the garage of member Joseph Smith.
The Township recognized the new fire company and created Fire District 2. (Oakhurst Fire District 1 dated from 1913.) In February 1922, Wanamassa voters elected their first fire commissioners and passed their first fire budget ($3,000).
The story of the Wanamassa Fire Company is one of community service and dedication.
The Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners, joined by chiefs from the county’s volunteer fire and rescue squads on Oct. 18, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Burn Training Facility to be constructed at the Hunterdon County Emergency Training Services (ESTC) site on Petticoat Lane in Clinton Township.
The ceremony was hosted by the county’s Office of Emergency Management and Public Safety Director, Brayden Fahey, who was joined by County Board Director Susan J. Soloway, Deputy Director John E. Lanza, Commissioner Matt Holt, Whitehouse Station Fire Company No. 1 past chief Tim Apgar, president of the County Fire Chiefs Association, other county fire and rescue chiefs, and representatives of fire departments, law enforcement, and emergency services from around the county.
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