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Thursday, October 21, 2021

House Fire Kills One in East Hanover

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.
RLS Media

Standout Kenilworth Volunteer Firefighter Shawn Kelly Dies Suddenly

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."
Union Daily Voice

Wanamassa Fire Company is Theme of New Exhibit at Ocean Township Museum

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 Coaster

Hunterdon County officials break ground on training facility in Clinton

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.
New Jersey Journal

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cranford House Fire Sends Firefighter to Hospital

The Cranford Fire/EMS and Police Departments responded to a residential house fire Tuesday morning on the lower block of Lenhome Drive. According to the Cranford Fire Department, units were dispatched around 9:47 a.m. and arrived in about four minutes, finding heavy smoke conditions with an active fire in a single-family home upon arrival. The incident escalated to three alarms, bringing in fire response and emergency medical services resources from surrounding communities via the County Mutual Aid Plan, officals said. Additional Mutual Aid resources were staged at Fire Headquarters to cover the Township during the incident, according to the CFD. Two residents who were home at the time of the fire were able to escape and treated on scene for smoke inhalation.
TAP into Cranford

Warren County Home Ravaged By Fire

PHOTOS: Fire crews rushed to douse a Warren County home that went up in flames before dawn Tuesday. The blaze broke out in the chimney of a home on the first block of Oak Ridge Road in Washington Township around 12:20 a.m., police said in a news release. All occupants had safely escaped the home as officers arrived, police said. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation. Additional details were not released. Assisting agencies include the Washington Township Fire Department, Borough Fire Department, Oxford Township Fire Department, Mansfield Township Fire Department, Hackettstown Fire Department, Washington Emergency Squad, Mansfield Township Emergency Squad, Warren County Communications Center and the Warren County Fire Marshal.
Morris Daily Voice

Tractor trailer crashes and burns on NJ Turnpike near Newark Airport

First responders were on the scene of a truck crash and fire on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark. It happened early Tuesday morning on the exit ramp to interchange 14. A tractor trailer hauling paper crashed and caught fire. There was no immediate word what led to the crash or the number or extent of injuries. Video from NewsCopter 7 showed extensive damage to the truck and charred debris scattered across the ramp. The crash shut down the northbound truck lane exit to Newark Liberty Airport as police investigated as crews worked to clear the wreckage and debris. The crash also shut down northbound access to the NJ Turnpike extension, making it difficult to get to the Holland Tunnel.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Recycling Truck Collides with Tree in Hawthorne

A recycling truck from B&B Disposal which collects in Hawthorne collided with a tree off of Goffle Hill Road Tuesday morning. The collision took place at 429 Goffle Hill Road, near Fairview and Grandview Avenues. The immediate cause of the incident was unclear, likewise the condition of the driver. The Hawthorne Police and Fire Department responded to the incident, with the latter addressing a fluid spill from the vehicle. A tow truck was dispatched and extracted the truck, whose front end was smashed. The Department of Public Works said that most of the recycling in the area had already been collected, but on Wednesday two trucks would be deployed to complete the unfinished route and the Wednesday pick-up.
TAP into Hawthorne

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