Thursday, January 17, 2013
Firefighters quickly douse blaze on Benedict Crescent Thursday afternoon.
A fire that began in the living room of an attached home on Benedict Crescent in The Hills on Thursday afternoon apparently began with a burning Christmas tree near a fireplace, police and the fire chief said at the scene. The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m., and firefighters were preparing to leave the scene shortly after 3 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, Bernards Township Police Lt. Mike Voorhees said. Voorhees said the occupant of the home apparently discovered and reported the fire. He said the exact cause of the fire was under investigation. Along with Liberty Corner Fire Co., the Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department and Lyons Veterans Administration firefighters responded. Liberty Corner Fire Chief Marc Friedman said …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Bernardsville blazes began with a candle and wires connected to outdoor lights
The Bernardsville Fire Co. was first responder to both fires in the borough on Christmas Day, including a blaze at a greenhouse with Christmas trees and wreaths with a Far Hills address, Bernardsville Fire Chief Randy Steinkopf said. The fire at the Statile & Todd Landscaping Contractors, 540 Mine Brook Route (Route 202), appeared to have been started by lights connected by wires on a fence and in a seasonal greenhouse, Steinkopf said. The fire was reported by a passerby at 12:39 a.m. on Tuesday, Steinkopf said. He said trees and wreaths were destroyed, along with part of a semi-permanent greenhouse on the property. With no fire hydrants in the area, Steinkopf said multiple firefighting agencies responded to the scene, including the Far …
Monday, July 23, 2012
A 'phenomenal save' by firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading further, chief says.
A lightning strike during a swift but strong summer storm Monday afternoon was the likely cause of a roof fire on Emily Road, the Liberty Corner fire chief said. Chief Marc Friedman said a "phenomenal save" by firefighters halted the blaze before it spread further through the residence at 47 Emily Road. The fire likely began about 4:30 p.m., Friedman said. He added it wasn't long before a neighbor noticed the flames and called 911. Liberty Corner Fire Co. arrived—with assistance from the Basking Ridge Fire Co. and other nearby firefighting organizations—and was able to squelch most of the fire within about 20 minutes, Friedman said. He said the fire will be investigated, but it appears that lightning during the Monday afternoon storm was …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
High temperatures make all ground debris dry out quickly.
A small patch of dry pine needles caught fire on the edge of the parking lot behind the Hills Highlands Village Center on Sunday night, but the blaze was quickly snuffed out. Fred Miller, a Liberty Corner fireman who also is with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, reached the fire with other local emergency responders at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Miller said he declined to speculate on what ignited the fire, which he said had grown to an area of about 10 by 10 feet by the time he arrived. But although it had rained a few days earlier, Miller said it is easy for pine needles to dry out quickly in weather of near 100 degrees.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Fire on Saturday afternoon apparently started on balcony.
Twelve condominium units have been evacuated in the Bedminster section of The Hills following a Saturday afternoon fire that appears to have started on the balcony of 2 Westcott Road and then spread into the interior and attic. The owner of the home was not home at the time of the blaze, which apparently was reported by a neighbor at 1:44 p.m., said Far Hills-Bedminster fire officials. None of the occupants of the evacuated homes were injured, but two firemen were sent to the hospital with possible heat exhaustion, said Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Chief Brian Bassett. The chief said that investigators aren't sure yet what may have sparked the fire outside on the balcony of the second-floor unit, and he couldn't say what outdoor materials may…
Friday, July 29, 2011
Fire officials say blaze, still under investigation, may have been started when truck hit outdoors wire.
A Friday afternoon fire that apparently spread throughout the electrical system of an uninhabited house at 22 Elizabeth St. in the Liberty Corner section was doused by local firefighters, but not without substantial damage to the home's walls and ceilings. Although contractors were inside the home at the time the fire broke out, no one was injured, said Marc Friedman, first assistant chief for the Liberty Corner Fire Co. The contractor's did not cause the fire, he said. However, he said that the blaze — still under investigation — potentially could have been sparked when a box truck earlier hit an outdoor wire leading into the house. The wire led into the attic area, where the fire apparently started. The call for the fire came in shortly…