A large explosion at an oil refinery in South Philadelphia early Friday shook homes across the Delaware River in New Jersey.
The blast occurred around 3:20 a.m. at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery on Passyunk Avenue, city officials said. No injuries have been reported, though the extent of the damage and the cause of the explosion is unclear.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Former Verona Fire Department Chief and long-time member Larry Burdett has passed away, officials said.
On Thursday, the Verona Fire Department announced news of Burdett's passing on social media.
"It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of ex-chief and long-time member, Larry Burdett, badge #163," the VFD wrote.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Verona Cedar Grove Patch
First responders who volunteered at Ground Zero would be eligible for an accidental disability pension in New Jersey under a bill passed by the state Legislature on Thursday.
The bill is named after Bill Ricci, a Clifton firefighter who assisted in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 4:37:27 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Firefighters ripped down some of the Sugar Factory's kitchen ceiling inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City early Wednesday morning to find and fight a fire that broke out in the ducts.
According to fire Chief Scott Evans, firefighters arrived to find smoke in the restaurant's kitchen about 5:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press of Atlantic City
Asbury Park is moving closer to replacing the city's old and inadequate firehouse. The City Council approved an ordinance June 12 allowing the city to enter into a contract to buy the property at 929 Asbury Ave. at the corner of Langford Street to become the city's new fire and EMS headquarters.
A public hearing on the measure to spend up to $3.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:01:22 PM - SOURCE: The Coaster
A growing number of New Jersey dispatch centers are jumping on board with an upgraded 911 response service that's adapted to handle a world of calls from smartphones instead of landlines.
"The problem for years with cellphone 911 calls is they would go to the closest cell tower," said Martin Pagliughi, director of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey 101.5 FM
Little Egg Harbor Township has agreed to purchase a new ambulance for the Great Bay Regional EMS for $150,000 through a contract with H-GAC Commission Cooperative Purchasing System. The volunteer ambulance service, which serves Little Egg Harbor, Eagleswood and Bass River townships, will kick in $25,000 from its budget toward the purchase.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TheSandPaper.net
A Middlesex County man is accused of setting off an explosive device at an apartment while three people were asleep inside, authorities said Tuesday.
Police on Monday arrested 52-year-old Anthony Fede for offenses including aggravated arson, aggravated assault, possession of an explosive device for an unlawful purpose, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 3:51:59 PM - SOURCE: Jersey City Journal
A teenager has been accused of killing a dog by setting it on fire in Newark.
News 12 New Jersey reported earlier this month that a dog was found beaten and set on fire near Columbia Avenue and Plymouth Street. A resident says that he was woken up by a group of people knocking over garbage cans and damaging cars in the area.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey 12
One of the biggest days of Hagop Cigercioglu's 14 years with the Ridgefield Police Department came when he wasn't even scheduled to work.
Cigercioglu ran toward the burning remnants of a home in his neighborhood Monday while off duty after he heard the house explode.
"It went right through me," he said of the sound of the explosion.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
A fund that provides financial assistance to firefighters and their families in times of need would be shielded from being raided by the state under ACR232, a constitutional amendment introduced by assemblymen Anthony Bucco and Ryan Peters.
“Firefighters represent the bravest and most courageous amongst us.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Insider NJ
A structure fire that began in a Sea Isle City shed Sunday afternoon engulfed a fuel tank and fishing boat, spreading smoke for miles.
The fire began just after noon at 371 43rd Place, close to Two Chums Bait, Tackle and Boat Rentals, according to a police statement. Firefighters from seven departments responded, evacuating neighboring homes and bringing the blaze under control.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 1:24:00 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Firefighters may fantasize about owning their own firetruck, but Wyckoff's Timothy Murray actually went out and bought himself a 1972 Mack 500-gallon pumper in 2004. Murray spent 18 months and $7,000 on restoring the "bucket of rust." Murray, the sales manager for Tilcon aggregate material supply company in Parsippany, enjoys driving the truck in parades when he's not busy answering calls for Wyckoff Fire Company 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
A four-alarm fire caused seven families to lose their homes Saturday afternoon.
The fire happened on South 10th Street, near South Orange Avenue.
The Red Cross is helping the 15 people affected by the flames with food, clothes and shelter. No injuries resulted from the fire.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2019 12:27:17 PM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
After a rash of devastating fires over the past year, including one that claimed the life of an 89-year-old woman, some city residents are calling for a career company to take over the local volunteer fire department.
But the city is standing behind its crew, arguing a career department isn't necessary with mutual aid agreements already in place.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 2:13:33 PM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City - Metered Site
When there is a medical emergency, every second counts – and Princeton residents have learned that they can rely on the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad's emergency medical technicians to come to their aid.
That's why Princeton Council honored the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad's top three responding emergency medical technicians – all volunteers – at its June 10 meeting.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:00:23 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
Paterson's fire department will be featured on "Live Rescue," a new A&E show that follows police and fire departments and EMT squads as they respond to calls.
The city council adopted a resolution June 11 that allows them to enter into an agreement with Big Fish Entertainment LLC, which will begin filming episodes June 14 in Paterson.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:30:27 PM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
At least one business has been destroyed following an early morning fire in Howell Township. The fire happened around 2 a.m. on Squankum-Yellowbrook Road in the Adelphia section of town.
Firefighters responded to flames pouring from the roof of the building. According to the fire chief, the building used to be a chicken coop at one point that turned into several businesses, including an auto-body shop.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 5:28:18 AM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
One person is dead and three others have been rushed to the hospital following a carbon monoxide incident in New Jersey.
First responders were called around 5:40 a.m. Thursday to a home on Chestnut Avenue in Bernardsville.
They found a 59-year-old man dead inside. Neighbors identified him as Olumide Emuleomo.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS New York
An 82-year-old Passaic County woman died Wednesday after the car she was driving crashed into a concrete median, authorities said.
Mei-Lien Young of Wayne lost control of her car and crashed about 8:30 a.m. in the area of Hamburg Turnpike and Valley Road in Wayne, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A New Jersey driver saw a terrifying sight on the side of a road. That's when he pulled over to make a heroic rescue.
Police say John Bishop saw a man dragging a woman into a wooded area last week, off I-295 in Mount Laurel. Bishop threw his truck into park, ignoring angry honks as he blocked traffic, and went after the suspect.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Local
Emergency medical technicians have been added to a bill working its way through the Legislature providing bigger pensions to first responders whose careers were cut short by illnesses that resulted from their time volunteering at the World Trade Center site after the 2001 terrorist attack.
Rob Nixon, director for government affairs for the New Jersey State PBA, said 9/11 is not history for police officers, firefighters and EMTs who continue to develop illnesses related to their efforts at the World Trade Center nearly 18 years ago.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 2:49:15 AM - SOURCE: WOBM-FM 92.7
A man set fire to his home and stabbed his brother after an argument, authorities say.
Thomas E. Pearson, 55, allegedly took a can of gasoline from the garage of his home, poured the fuel in different locations in the house and started a fire Saturday afternoon, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 2:25:44 AM - SOURCE: Courier Post (Camden South Jersey)
Most city firefighters have experienced some degree of déjà vu on the job.
The alarm sounds and they rush to a fire in a vacant building where they battled a previous blaze weeks, months or years earlier.
“It's the norm,” said Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott. “Multiple fires in the same building.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 7:48:48 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com - Metered Site
A helicopter that crashed on the roof of a high-rise building in midtown Manhattan, killing the pilot, may have been flying to a Union County airport when it went down Monday. “We think [the helicopter] was going back to its home airport in Linden, New Jersey, but we are not sure,” NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at a news conference.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
An extensive investigation into the massive fire that destroyed the Marcal Paper Co. plant in January has yielded no answers to what caused the blaze.
The nine-alarm fire Jan. 30 destroyed 31 of the 36 buildings at the Marcal Paper complex in Elmwood Park. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office interviewed more than 100 Marcel Paper employees, outside workers, neighbors and witnesses of the fire, along with people who saw the fire at various points before it was extinguished, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch
A vacant house on East 28th Street caught fire and temporarily forced out residents in a neighboring home.
Paterson firefighters could see a large amount of smoke coming from the house just after 5 a.m., said Deputy Chief Frank Calamita. The house suffered serious damage and was fully exposed.
The two-alarm fire affected the neighboring homes.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com - Metered Site
A forest fire that broke out Sunday in a remote area of Wharton State Forest has been fully contained thanks in part to some overnight rain.
A forest service official told Fox29.com Monday morning that the blaze, which spread to 1,800 acres is “100 percent contained." Named the “Jack Swamp Fire" by New Jersey Forest Fire Service officials, the blaze ignited on Sunday southwest of Atsion Lake near the Burlington County and Camden County line in a remote part of Wharton State Forest.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Authorities say a teenager has died after he was pulled from a lagoon in Brick Township.
According to police, officers were sent to the scene Saturday around 6 p.m. after the 15-year-old youth was reported unconscious and unresponsive.
Police said he had been swimming in the lagoon in the back of a residence with several friends when he went under and did not resurface.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
An accident that shut down Route 80 westbound in the Delaware Water Gap on Friday made the commute home for some more than 11 hours long.
According to New Jersey State Police spokeperson Sgt. Jeff Flynn, an oversized generator estimated at 75,000 pounds fell off a Kenworth truck about 1 p.m. at milepost 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 9:42:42 PM - SOURCE: New Jersey Herald - Metered Site
A South Jersey teen was critically hurt after two drivers allegedly drank alcohol and crashed their ATVs this weekend, police said.
The crash happened at approximately 10:20 p.m. Friday when officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Columbia Road in Mullica Township for a motor vehicle crash, police said.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Patch.com Galloway
Bill Ricci wasn't on duty when he and 87 other firefighters from the Clifton Fire Department took buses to and from Ground Zero to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the days and weeks after 9/11, he told state lawmakers Thursday.
Like many, he volunteered. And nearly 18 years later, his health has suffered for it.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Firefighters rescued a child who was trapped inside the ball pit of claw game machine Wednesday at a South Jersey shopping center.
Emergency crews were called after the 1-year-old child managed to get inside the machine through the prize door at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in the Blackwood-section of Gloucester Township around 4:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 1:38:13 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Police in Hackensack say an estranged husband poured gasoline around his wife's vehicle, and home, while she was inside of both.
The incident happened Thursday around 5:30 p.m.
According to police, Wildemar Dangcil, 37, of Jersey City, poured the gasoline around the vehicle while his wife sat inside of it in her driveway.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 7:43:23 AM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
City officials warned drivers Friday morning that Route 440 is closed in both directions after a tractor-trailer overturned in Bayonne, New Jersey.
The incident happened between Avenue C and the 63rd Street exit, near the Bayonne-Jersey City border.
AIR 11 was over the scene Friday morning and showed the truck on its side near a bend in the road on the southbound side of the road.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PIX 11
Four people suffered serious injuries after falling 50 feet in a scaffolding collapse at a construction site this afternoon, according to the police chief.
Bordentown Township police Chief Brian Pesce said the victims were working on a Team Campus medical building under construction at 115 N. Route 130 when scaffolding collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 2:30:16 PM - SOURCE: Vineland Daily Journal & Hammonton News
PHOTOS: One person was killed in a house fire in Millburn on Wednesday, authorities said.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. at a home on Norwood Terrace, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.
Photos from the scene show a damaged roof and windows at the 88-year-old home. Garbage bags and trash were piled on the front porch, evidence of what News 12 New Jersey described as a “hoarding situation” inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 5:12:40 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
The anxiety and tension surfaced May 28 in Sea Isle City Council chambers as worried residents and property owners filled every seat to have a voice in municipal deliberations in the wake of another residential fire.
A car parked in the driveway of a home at 5605 Central Ave. caught fire May 23 at 10:36 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 1:06:57 PM - SOURCE: Cape May County Herald - Metered Site
Students at the Ethel McKnight School in Twin Rivers had a special treat on Friday, May 31, as the annual “field day” included a visit from East Windsor Fire Co. 2.
And it didn't take long before everybody got a little wet.
“Kids love fire engines and hoses,” said Station 46 Chief Mario Batista, “And when you put those two together, it a recipe for a lot of fun.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 1:01:19 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
Three fires broke out in Paterson on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, displacing four people in total and seriously damaging a vacant home on Fair Street.
Paterson firefighters responded to the three-story, multi-family home on Fair Street after receiving a call about a fire at 3:02 a.m. Wednesday, said Deputy Chief Donn Langevin.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 6:43:14 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - Metered Site
Some say good fences make good neighbors. But in Barnegat, all it took was a hose and a quick response. A neighbor with a garden hose kept a home fire at bay Monday evening in the Mirage development, officials said.
Barnegat Station 11 and Stafford Station 47 responded to the fire at about 7:30 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 1:09:54 PM - SOURCE: Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch
Members of several New Jersey fire companies escorted the body of Philadelphia firefighter Dennis McDaniels home from Cape May following his death at the Escape the Cape triathalon on Sunday.
McDaniels, 36, needed medical attention during the Olympic swim portion of the triathalon on Sunday, according to a statement from the Delmo Sports, the event's organizer, and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 5:17:23 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey 101.5
Sandra Lynch grew up on Staten Island amid neighbors who were police officers and firefighters.
“I was fascinated by fire trucks,” she said. “I always said to my dad, ‘I want to do that.'”
Her father, John Lynch, was a Marine with a strong sense of civic duty.
“He said, ‘Maybe someday,'” Sandra recalled.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press
Firefighters in a small town in Camden County rescued a man who somehow got stranded on a dam early Tuesday.
The firefighters used a rope and a ladder to hoist the man to safety after he wound up on the Newton Creek dam along Black Horse Pike in Oaklyn, officials said.
Emergency workers transported him to a local hospital to be treated for exposure to the creek's cold water.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
West Windsor Gives Back, the community group founded last year by Mayor Hemant Marathe, will once again be holding a mayor's ball later this year in addition to raising funds for a community organization.
Last year WWGB celebrated the 50th anniversary of the West Windsor Police Department, and this year it will be working to benefit the Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 2:48:27 PM - SOURCE: Community News
Divers on Monday recovered the body of a Morris County man who went missing after he stepped off a boat for a swim in Lake Hopatcong last weekend.
The body of Avinash Kuna, 32, of Parsippany, was recovered shortly after 6 p.m. from the waters in Henderson Cove, N.J. State Police said in a statement Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A man news reports say was an off-duty firefighter died Sunday morning while competing in a triathlon in Cape May County, officials said.
CBS Philly reported the man was an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter. An employee at the Philadelphia Fire Department, who declined to be identified, confirmed that a firefighter had died at the event.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A fire quickly spread from a garage to a house in Ocean County on Saturday.
The fire in the two story home on Tudor Ave. in Pine Beach was reported around 6 p.m., according to Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. The firefighters also shared photos that show a burned-out vehicle still parked in the garage.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2019 12:51:34 PM - SOURCE: WOBM-FM
A fire that destroyed an abandoned house at North Church Road and Park Drive early Saturday morning is considered suspicious, Sussex County Fire Marshal Virgil Rome said.
According to Rome, a Hardyston officer was patrolling the area just after midnight and discovered the house on fire. Upon firefighters' arrival, "the house was fully involved and was completely destroyed," Rome said.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2019 9:38:50 PM - SOURCE: New Jersey Herald - Metered Site
VIDEO: It's an iconic sight: The spotless red and polished chrome of a fire engine. It's a reflection of a department's dedication to the community.
None more dedicated than Steve Derewicz.
“I like to get up and get going early in the morning. If I have to do something on the truck, I like to get up here and do it because its quiet, there's nobody to bother me and I can get it done,” he told CBS2's Steve Overmyer.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York CBS Local
Hopewell Valley volunteer fire companies responded to two back-to-back house fires that investigators believe may have been related to the severe weather that rolled through Mercer County around 5 p.m. May 29.
The first call came in at 5:33 p.m. for a possible house fire on Valley Road, according to the Hopewell Township Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 1:07:00 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
The Princeton Fire Department's top responding volunteers were honored by Princeton Council for their dedication at its meeting earlier this month.
Princeton Councilman Tim Quinn, who is the council's fire commissioner or liaison to the Princeton Fire Department, praised the six volunteers – three who are “regular” members and three who belong to the “associate” program at the May 6 meeting.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 1:07:25 PM - SOURCE: CentralJersey.com
Gov. Phil Murphy voiced his support for organized labor during a speech Wednesday morning at the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey Convention.
“I remain committed to protecting the rights of working people to come together and form a union,” Murphy said. “And I remain equally opposed to the misguided and disingenuous efforts of those trying to break up unions.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:02:00 PM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
Lightning caused a house fire in Holmdel as storms hit the region on Wednesday, police said.
The fire happened at 6:32 p.m. when Holmdel Police Dispatch was advised of a structure fire at a residence on Galloping Hill Road. The resident reported a heavy smoke condition in the residence after a lightning strike.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 5:48:23 AM - SOURCE: Holmdel-Hazlet Patch
We are in for one more deluge before a sunnier weekend and the National Weather Service has warned most of New Jersey to get ready for some possible flooding.
A flash flood watch from the NWS will cover all but the state's most southeastern counties beginning 2 p.m Thursday and running through the evening.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 6:59:07 AM - SOURCE: Courier Post
Many weren't acting in the line of duty, but volunteer first responders at the World Trade Center site are now seriously ill and ‘accidental disability' would ensure their health coverage. New Jersey lawmakers are working to change disability rules for the retirement plans set up for first responders who are now seriously ill after volunteering at the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed more than 2,750 people.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 11:16:13 PM - SOURCE: NJ Spotlight
As Paterson Firefighter John Molina coached his daughter's softball team Saturday at an athletic field in the city, he heard a woman gasp for air and then drop to the ground.
Molina and retired Paterson Police Lt. Washington Griffin, who was in the bleachers, ran to the woman's side.
“She had no pulse, her lips and tongue were turning blue and she was in grave danger,” City Police Director Jerry Speziale said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 3:56:47 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
One firefighter suffered a minor injury when responding to a fire that heavily damaged a home on Hopping Road in Belford Monday evening, according to Middletown Township Fire Department spokesman Dennis Fowler.
The fire department was sent to the home at 595 Hopping Road at 5:18 p.m. after 911 dispatch received a report of a house on fire with a lot of smoke showing, Fowler said.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2019 6:54:18 PM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press
Three firefighters were rescued from inside of a burning Camden County home early Sunday.
It happened on the 200 block of Fairway Avenue around 4:35 a.m.
Officials said the stairs partially collapsed when the three firefighters headed to the source of the fire in the basement.
One of the firefighters managed to pull the other two to safety.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 6 ABC Action News
A cleanup crew worker was injured during a minor detonation at the chlorine chemical plant, where emergency personnel have been working for more than a week.
A small detonation at the Alden Leeds chlorine facility at around 10 a.m. Sunday morning sent a man to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Kearny Fire Department Chief Steve Dyl.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2019 4:02:59 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Firefighters on Saturday responded to a 2-alarm fire that left one resident injured, emergency personnel said.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday evening, firefighters arrived at 2 Island View Ct. where they found fire coming out of several second floor windows.
Firefighters deployed hand lines into the apartment to keep it contained, according to acting fire Chief William Bartos.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2019 8:41:25 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Nine young men who were hired as firefighters this year, and believe they were wrongfully dismissed just days before starting at the academy, are suing the city and its former and current manager.
Although they were fired, via email from the former City Manager Edward Hynes, on April 11, they waited until now to file the suit because they “haven't gotten clarity,” their lawyer Michael Prigoff said.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 1:35:04 PM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
VIDEO: A holiday weekend for several people has been ruined after a fire tore through their Jersey Shore home.
Flames were shooting from the home just before 11 p.m. Thursday on the 5600 block of Central Avenue in Sea Isle City.
Officials said the residents had just arrived for the weekend when their SUV caught fire in the driveway.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 5:14:20 AM - SOURCE: WVPI-TV ABC 6
The city's fire department Thursday showed high school seniors what could happen if they drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The “Drive Sober and Get Home Alive” presentation, conducted by Battalion 2 under Deputy Chief Eugene Wellington and Battalion Chief Ken Crawford, included a live rescue using the Jaws of Life while Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 7:57:48 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
A town police officer and firefighter were injured battling a blaze that left two homes uninhabitable Tuesday, police said.
Around 3:15 p.m., Hackettstown police, fire and medical personnel responded to a residence on Route 57 for the reported structure fire and observed smoke coming from the second-story window.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 10:54:36 PM - SOURCE: New Jersey Herald - Metered Site
A former Middletown fire chief and investment manager who raked in $10 million from his own family, friends and fellow firefighters in a Ponzi scheme was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison.
Vincent P. Falci, 59, of Middletown was convicted on Dec. 13, 2018 of three counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud, federal prosecutors said.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 4:51:11 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of Spar in Beachwood, officials said. No one was injured and one pet was rescued, but one of the pets remains unaccounted for, the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Department said.
The home belongs to a member of the BFD Auxiliary, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Berkeley Patch
The Hudson County Regional Arson Regional Task Force is investigating a house fire that left a 26-year-old woman critically injured.
The county prosecutor's office says the initial investigation determined that the fire at 67 70th Street in Guttenberg was contained to the first floor of the multifamily house.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 6:45:34 PM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
The borough is taking the next step in redeveloping a site on Gaston Avenue for a new emergency services headquarters.
The borough council authorized on Monday the demolition of the vacant building at 101 Gaston Ave., formerly a restaurant and office building.
The borough decided to raze the building, Mayor Dennis Sullivan said, because part of the roof started to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Central Jersey - Metered Site
A group of student volunteers spent part of the weekend making their community safer.
About 30 students worked with Bloomfield officials to freshen up the paint on fire hydrants on three streets in the town in order to make sure that they are up to code.
They did this so that the hydrants are visible for firefighters, as well as for drivers who park on the streets.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 1:29:18 PM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
A longtime Pitman firefighter died early Sunday morning after he crashed his motorcycle in Cape May County.
Jason Fisher, 35, of Pitman was riding a motorcycle on County Road 625 in Dennis Township when he went off the road and hit a guardrail, New Jersey State Police Trooper Alejandro Goez said Monday.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 3:01:11 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
PHOTOS: Firefighters in Paterson, New Jersey were forced to use the “Jaws of Life” on an expensive Ferrari 488 Spider after it collided with a pole early Saturday morning. The $300,000 supercar had to be ripped apart in order to rescue its driver after it crashed around 1:20 a.m.
Local news affiliate, RLS Media reports that emergency crews responded to a vehicle crash at the corner of Pearl and Carroll streets on the western side of the city near the borders of Totowa and Haledon.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Drive
A house fire in Hudson County has badly injured a woman and forced other residents to jump from windows to escape.
The fire started just before 6:30 p.m. inside a multifamily home on 70th Street between Park and Bellevue avenues.
Second-floor resident Christopher Rivera tells News 12 New Jersey that he and a relative were forced to jump from the second-story window to escape the fire, which is believed to have started in the basement of the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 7:40:43 PM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
Firefighters have still been unable to enter the Kearny chlorine plant that caught fire on Friday and led to the daylong closure of the Pulaski Skyway.
Gasses accumulating in the Alden Leeds chlorine facility as a result of ongoing chemical reactions caused two explosions late Sunday afternoon, Kearny Fire Department Chief Steve Dyl said Monday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
VIDEO: The Trenton Fire Department and Trenton Emergency Medical Service held a joint promotion ceremony Friday to name 19 new officers.
The fire department has two new battalion chiefs and 11 new captains.
Trenton EMS has two new chiefs and four captains. Promoted to fire battalion chief: Mark Augustyn and David Rosen.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 10:41:48 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
The Pulaski Skyway remains closed following a 4-alarm fire at a chemical plant in Kearny early Saturday morning, but local officials say testing has shown no threat to air quality. The fire broke out at a building of Alden Leeds, a company that makes and stores chlorine tablets for use in pools, which caused extra concern due to the compound's toxicity.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2019 4:00:59 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A multi-alarm fire May 18 about 2 p.m. in South Dennis was battled using a tanker relay, due to the lack of fire hydrants near the scene.
No injuries were reported.
According to a report on the Dennis Volunteer Fire Co. Facebook page, Dennis firefighters, along with automatic aid from Ocean View Volunteer Fire Co.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2019 1:01:22 PM - SOURCE: Cape May County Herald
The roof of a former furniture store on Atlantic Avenue collapsed Saturday afternoon, shutting down traffic in both directions for hours as firefighters worked to stabilize the now-vacant building.
Rain water that had accumulated in the structure over years deteriorated the ceiling and floor, leading to a cave-in Saturday, said Scott Evans, Atlantic City's deputy fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2019 9:09:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
Nichole Gupton lost her fiance, Atlantic City police Officer Kevin Wilkins, eight months before their wedding day.
Wilkins died from an accidental gunshot wound when he attempted to install a rubber sleeve on the grip of his semiautomatic pistol and the remaining bullet in the gun's chamber discharged.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 2:36:33 PM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
A 22-year-old woman died following a Thursday morning house fire on Grove Street, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
The woman was identified as Estefanie Brizuela-Garcia, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 9:46:47 AM - SOURCE: MyCentralJersey.com
Friday will mark one year since a deadly school bus accident on Interstate 80 in Morris County.
On the eve of the anniversary, News 12 New Jersey spoke with a firefighter who was first on the scene thanks to being in the right place at the right time.
Roselle firefighter Zach Weissglass says that he knows that he was meant to be a first responder.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 7:44:44 PM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
Two fires reported within five minutes of each other had nearly all Trenton fire companies working midday on Thursday, the fire department said.
At 11:45 a.m., the department responded to Turpin Street in South Trenton and Engine 10 found flames ripping through the rear of a vacant home in the middle of a row of five houses.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 3:04:39 PM - SOURCE: NJ.com
VIDEO: A garbage truck overturned Tuesday morning on West Farms Road near Otis Drive, leaving the driver of the truck and driver of a car it collided with trapped inside their vehicles, according to reports.
The accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. West Farms Road was closed between Casino Drive and Richard Road, just north of the Manasquan Reservoir.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:51:32 PM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press - Metered Site
The Hasbrouck Heights man accused of walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York with gasoline and a lighter in April has been deemed unfit to stand trial, officials said.
Two experts in mental health determined that Marc Lamparello, 37, was not fit to stand trial, said Christopher DiLorenzo, Lamparello's attorney.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 2:32:26 PM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com - Metered Site
Firefighters quickly brought a small fire in the Landis Theater lobby under control on Wednesday.
At 10:19 p.m., an alarm alerted the first-responders, who responded to the 82-year-old theater on East Landis Avenue.
It appears the fire originated in a small appliance under a counter in the lobby area, Fire Chief Lou Tramontana told The Daily Journal at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:36:43 AM - SOURCE: Vineland Daily Journal & Hammonton News
The Murphy administration sued DuPont, 3M and others Tuesday for making and selling firefighting foam products for decades in New Jersey that contained toxic chemicals.
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal actions taken against the chemical manufacturers over widespread pollution caused by PFAS: a group of toxic chemicals including PFOA and PFOS that have been in everyday use for almost 80 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:44:41 PM - SOURCE: Courier Post (Camden South Jersey)
Two firefighters were injured Tuesday when a blaze tore through a large home in Montclair, authorities said.
People living in the home on Llewellyn Road were awakened about 12:40 a.m. by the smell of smoke and were able to get outside before firefighters arrived, according to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan of the Montclair Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 11:20:32 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Emergency responders are on the scene of a major gas leak in the middle of a Camden County roadway and nearby residents are being evacuated.
Workers apparently struck a 6-inch gas line at Egg Harbor Road and East Fleming Pike in Winslow Township around 11:30 a.m., according to Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
In time, a new firehouse in Metuchen will be built, one everyone can be proud of and one the borough deserves.
As much as everyone would like the process to move as quickly as possible, Mayor Jonathan Busch said officials have to make sure the process is done deliberately.
“We have to make sure we really select a viable site,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Central Jersey
VIDEO: A firefighter was injured when flames ripped through a luxury home overnight in Montclair, New Jersey.
Crews were called around 12:45 a.m. to Llewellyn Road near Eagle Rock Way.
At least one person was inside the house and escaped unharmed. The firefighter's injury was described as minor. The 3,100 square foot home was built in the 1920s, CBS2 Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY CBS Local
A former deputy fire chief, injured on duty when a chair broke beneath him, has lost another round in a fight over disability retirement benefits.
Terrence Crowder, a 25-year employee of the Camden Fire Department, has sought approval for more than a decade to receive increased benefits in connection with a February 2008 accident in a city firehouse.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 2:58:39 AM - SOURCE: Courier Post (Camden South Jersey)
Saddle Brook firefighters had to cut holes in the floor at a Hutter Street home after clutter prevented them from accessing a fire that broke out in the basement.
A woman and her cat were removed from the one-story home by police Tuesday morning when a blaze broke out around 6:57 a.m., said Fire Chief Chris Sloma.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 5:41:20 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com
A delivery driver was injured Saturday night when his car went off the road and drove up a guidewire, leaving police and firefighters with an unusual rescue situation, authorities said.
The Laurelton Fire Company shared photos Saturday night of the accident on Manor Drive that required the efforts of the Brick Township Technical Rescue team to remove the car from its position against the pole.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 10:42:53 AM - SOURCE: Holmdel-Hazlet Patch
About 10 people were displaced after a house on East 39th Street in Paterson caught fire late Friday afternoon.
No one was injured in the fire that started at about 4:15 p.m. at the 2.5 story house, Deputy Fire Chief William Henderson said. The fire started on the second floor in a closed porch area and extended into the attic.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2019 4:19:21 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com - Metered Site
Photos of a Maywood police officer dressed in the traditional style of an Orthodox Jewish man prompted an internal investigation and led officials in Rochelle Park, where the officer is a firefighter, to require anti-harassment training for all township volunteers.
Rochelle Park officials say Pete Donatello III has been disciplined by the fire department for wearing the costume, which included a yarmulke and a traditional hairstyle of sidecurls, or payot.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 2:58:47 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com - Metered Site
A Union Beach man is sitting in the Monmouth County Jail after setting a Dock Street home on fire Friday afternoon and then stealing a car to get away from police.
The residence was unoccupied at the time.
While police were on the scene of the fire, dispatchers informed them about a hit and run incident a block away.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 3:27:16 AM - SOURCE: WOBM-FM
Mailers are going out to at least 15,000 borough residents who are considered to be a good fit for the town's volunteer fire department.
But unless the department sees an incredible response, chances are their centuries-old all-volunteer model will be hosed.
The department in March received approval to hire up to six paid members, according to Bob Gregory, director of emergency and safety services for the town.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 3:49:16 PM - SOURCE: NJ101.5
VIDEO: A box truck dangled from an overpass on I-195 following a multi-vehicle crash in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, Thursday afternoon.
The truck was involved in a crash with a GMC Envoy and MINI Cooper near the 295 Interchange around 2:30 p.m. The impact caused the truck to slam through a guardrail.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 5:30:13 PM - SOURCE: NBC 10 Philadelphia
Station Two, Ventnor Height's only fire station, was torn down Thursday, making way for the city to build a new one in its place.
"I just see progress," said Fire Chief Mike Cahill after returning to look at the empty Wellington Avenue site Friday.
The city awarded a $3.1 million contract to Fabbri Builders in March to build a new station in the old one's footprint, which officials say will be safer for both firefighters and their equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 6:43:41 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City - Metered Site
VIDEO: Residents at one Jersey Shore town are honoring fallen Marine and New York City firefighter Christopher Slutman with random acts of kindness.
Coffee Tyme says the touching moment happened at one of their Cape May stores over the weekend.
"One of our favorite regulars walked in to order her usual," the coffee shop wrote on Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 7 NY