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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

House blaze leaves 1 person dead in South Brunswick

VIDEO/PHOTO: One person was found dead inside a home in Middlesex County after firefighters battled a raging fire at the residence Monday night. The fast-moving fire was one of two that kept firefighters and investigators busy throughout the afternoon, evening and into early Tuesday morning. The first fire struck a group home on Riva Avenue in Monmouth Junction. All residents made it safely out of the home and no serious injuries were reported, authorities said. The second fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. in a single-family home on Pelham Road in Kendall Park. Photos from the scene show flames shooting through the roof of the structure. When the fire was out, firefighters discovered a body inside, authorities said. Investigators remained at the scene Tuesday morning, working to determine a cause for the fire.
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New Jersey fire departments to get $10 million in federal funding for equipment

New Jersey’s fire departments will be getting millions of dollars in federal funding. The departments will be getting $10 million as part of the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grand Program. The funding will help to buy equipment for firefighters, EMTs and other first responders, while in theory lowering property taxes for New Jersey residents. "Every firefighter across this state, whether volunteer or from any paid department, they put others before themselves time and time again,” said Paterson Fire Capt. Kyle Hughes. There have been 44 firefighter deaths nationwide this year, including Harrison firefighter Vincent Doffont who died suddenly after a training exercise in March.
News 12 New Jersey

Morris County: Green Village Fire Department Commemorates 100th Year with Centennial Celebration

VIDEOS: Former chiefs and firefighters came from as far away as Alaska on Saturday to take part in the Centennial Celebration of the Green Village Volunteer Fire Department. The Doherty family boasts four generations of GVFD members, with Jim and Kevin Doherty following their grandfather and father as members and Kevin Doherty's son representing the fourth generation by returning from Alaska, where he is a firefighter, for the Centennial. Kevin Doherty is closing in on 50 years with the GVFD and he talks about his family connection. Grant Apgar, 81, a member of the GVFD 50 years ago, returned with family members to take part in the celebration. Apgar's father also served the GVFD when he lived just three houses away from the firehouse.
TAP Into Chatham

Monday, May 16, 2022

Families Escape 2-Alarm Fire in Westfield Apartments, Red Cross Assists

An early morning fire tore through a home on Grant Avenue Friday, displacing five people, the fire chief said. The blaze at 849 Grant Ave. erupted just before 5:43 a.m., Chief Michael Duelks said. Firefighters who arrived at 5:49 a.m. found thick smoke and fire showing from the second floor of the 2 ½ story residence, he told TAPinto Westfield. “All residents of the four-family dwelling were safely evacuated, and attack lines were deployed to extinguish the fire,” Duelks said. First responders treated three of the residents for minor smoke inhalation, he said. Firefighters declared the blaze under control at 6:23 a.m. but not before it rose to two alarms, Duelks said. In a statement, he said authorities determined the fire to be electrical in nature.
Tap Into Westfield

Update: Woman charged with arson after fire on Mother’s Day displaced more than 20 people in Camden

Authorities in Camden, New Jersey have announced an arrest in connection with a three-alarm fire that displaced 22 people on Mother's Day. Nakyah Barnes-Nelson, 20, was taken in custody late Thursday. She is a resident of the building, police say. Barnes-Nelson is charged with two counts of arson and related offenses. Police tell Action News that the suspect, in a fit of anger, doused a male companion's belongings with perfume and set them on fire on a wooden balcony. The flames spread from there. "The agency still has one person of interest we would like to speak with regarding the fire," the Camden County Police Department said Friday. That person of interest was not identified. Firefighters responded to the Myrtle Place Apartments on the 4000 block of Myrtle Avenue around 5 a.m. Sunday.
WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

CDC recommends universal masking for most of the state

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending universal masking in nine New Jersey counties. COVID transmission rates are increasing in all 21 counties, but transmission levels have reached the CDC's highest tier in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean and Sussex counties. According to the CDC, in areas where transmission is high, individuals should "wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings.)" New Jersey is seeing an average of 3,701 new positive COVID tests per day, which is a 37% increase from a week ago. The rate of transmission is 1.25, indicating an active spread of the coronavirus.
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