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From the Field: Flanders (NJ) firefighters prevent car fire from becoming a house fire

Author: Doug Fenichel/PIO, Flanders Fire & Rescue

Date: 2014-12-31
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Quick action by Flanders, New Jersey, firefighters prevented a fully involved car fire from becoming a house fire Monday afternoon, Dec. 29.

Firefighters were dispatched around 1:45 p.m. for a report of a car fire at a residence on River Road in Flanders.  Police arriving on the scene reported that the car was fully involved and sitting next to a home and detached garage.  Firefighters from Flanders, assisted by members of the Budd Lake Fire Company, arrived as the fire was spreading up the outside walls of the house, to the roof of the garage and to a second vehicle. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire before it could do significant damage to the buildings.

Fire officials said the car where the fire started was a total loss. In addition, there was damage to the siding of the house, to the garage and to a second vehicle. No damage estimate was given and investigators are looking into the fire. There were no injuries.

In addition to the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad and Budd Lake Fire Company #1, firefighters from Netcong and Chester were alerted, but their services weren’t needed. Ambulances from Hackettstown Regional Medical Center were on scene as were members of the Mount Olive Police Department.

The Flanders Fire Company and Rescue Squad No. 1 provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 45 members, all of whom receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services.  For more information, see: www.flandersfire.org.

- From-The-Field/9-1-1magazine.com (via Flanders FD, 12/30/14)

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