PEQUANNOCK - A Christmas night fire displaced a family from their home on West Parkway but firefighters managed to limit the destruction, and the family's ouster is expected to be temporary.

Lt. Chris DePuyt of the Pequannock Police Department reports that Pequannock fire companies No. 1 and 2 responded at 11:23 last night to a home at 84 West Parkway where the homeowner called about a smoke condition. The occupants were able to evacuate on their own.

Arriving at the scene, firefighters traced the smoke to the furnace room and observed a small fire under the furnace, which they proceeded to put out with fire extinguishers, said DePuyt.

The fire ended up behind the walls and spread upward toward the back of the house and in between the walls, he continued.

"It wasn't huge damage to the structure," he said, and the family was able to stay with relatives.

The fire inspector is investigating the incident.

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PEQUANNOCK — About 120 senior citizens were evacuated from a complex when carbon monoxide levels spiked this morning, the township fire chief said.

Firemen were dispatched to the Timber Ridge building at the Cedar Crest Retirement Community at about 9:30 a.m., Fire Chief Christopher Bell said.

A CO alarm on the first floor had gone off and, after an investigation, it was determined levels of the gas were high in the basement's mechanical room, he said.

Several hours later the senior citizens were allowed back into the building, Bell said.

"Thankfully, no one had any conditions or medical conditions due to the incident," the fire chief said. "I think we're in the clear."

Fire departments from Pompton Plains and Riverdale also responded to the scene.


PEQUANNOCK - Six hours after being evacuated due to a carbon monoxide alarm, about 150 residents of the Cedar Crest Retirement Community received the OK to return to their units, Cedar Crest spokesman Tony Ciavolella said Thursday afternoon. But, he said, just what exactly set off the alarm remains unknown at this time.

Emergency responders initially believed that the alarm, which went off at about 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 in the Timber Ridge building, was caused by elevated levels of carbon monoxide. However, PSE&G inspected the premise and found no such leaks, said Ciavolella.

The Pequannock Fire Department then contacted the Morris County Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) team, which performed its own investigation, but has not yet identified the cause of the alarm, according to Ciavolella.

"It's undetermined," Ciavolella said. "But we're going to be monitoring it as best we can. We have the alarms in place, and we've got security officers paying special attention to them."

Timber Ridge is one of several buildings that make up the retirement campus just off of Route 23 South in the northern section of Pequannock. Ciavolella said emergency personnel safely evacuated the building's residents, who were relocated to the community's clubhouse and served lunch.

There were no reports of injuries, according to local officials, and the remainder of Cedar Crest's nearly 2,000 residents were not affected by the incident.

Providing mutual aid at the scene for Pequannock Township firefighters were firefighters from Pompton Lakes and Riverdale, according to the Pequannock Township Police Department.

Christopher Bell, chief of Fire Co. No. 1 of the township's Fire Department, told Suburban Trends that investigators believe that one of three things activated the carbon monoxide alarm, but clarified that it wasn't necessarily carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide alarms, he said, can be triggered by other substances, he said.

The chief also added that the investigation's "area of concern" is the mechanical room in the basement of the Timber Ridge building and that whatever substance it was that caused the alarm had initially spread to the first and second floors.

Because the investigation is ongoing, Bell said he could not yet make public what three substances the investigation is focusing on, but he added that nothing hazardous was detected in the air within the building a few hours after the alarm.

"Everything has dissipated after the building was ventilated," he said.

He also verified that no Cedar Crest residents "had any medical issues before, during, or after" the morning alarm.



May 31st 2013: Harry Henning-Beloved Ex Chief/Fire Fighter, Husband,Father, and Brother passes away on Memorial Day

Born in East Rutherford, Harry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was employed as a subway inspector for the NJ Bell Telephone company and remained an active and beloved member of the community well into his retirement. Harry was a past chief of the Pequannock Twp. Fire Co. #1 in Pompton Plains and served as a volunteer fireman for 75 years. He was an elder of the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains and was named the Pequannock Twp. Citizen of the Year in 2000. He was a proud member of the American Legion, Post #242 in Pompton Plains and the Masonic Selentia Lodge #168 in Butler.

Harry is survived by his loving wife, Doris, of 42 years; his sons, Harry Thomas Henning, William A. Budd and his wife, Mary Lynn Landgraf of Alexandria, VA, Donald J. Budd and his wife, Julie; his daughters, Mary Ellen (Henning) Gutowski, Cheryl (Budd) Tenney and her husband, Dennis and Barbara (Budd) DeSenzo and her husband, Dominick. Harry will forever smile down on his 11 grandchildren and great grandchild. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ella Henning and his brother, Frederick, who was killed in action during WW II. A true cornerstone of Pequannock Twp., Harry will always be fondly remembered by those who had the privilege to know him.

A funeral service will take place at the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the church’s cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home in Pompton Plains. In lieu of flowers, donations in Harry's memory may be made to the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.



October 21st 2012:


More than 50 firefighters — most from Morris County — participated in the three-day, nearly 24-hour program created by Wharton's Scott Warner, a retired Dover fire captain, and Roxbury's Joe Lang, a Harrison fire lieutenant.

Scott DiGiralomo, a Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety director, said the program is invaluable.

"This weekend-long training program is about saving firefighters' lives," said DiGiralomo, who also thanked the Morris County freeholder board for backing the program. "This has already been demonstrated by firefighters who have sustained critical injuries and credited their survival to this specific training here at the Morris County training facility. I can't think of a training program that is more important."

Morris County Fire Training Coordinator Jack Alderton agreed.


















May 7th 2012:

High CO levels prompt evacuation of seniors

Dozens of seniors were evacuated from their homes in a local retirement community last Saturday morning due to elevated carbon monoxide levels, but no one was injured and they were all allowed back inside after a few hours, according to authorities.

At shortly before noon on May 5, personnel from the Pequannock Township Fire Department, First Aid Squad, and Police Department were dispatched for multiple activated alarms in the Madison Green residential building of the Cedar Crest senior campus off Route 23 South.

Upon their arrival, crews from both township fire companies were sent into the building to investigate, and found "moderate levels" of carbon monoxide "on multiple floors," said Pequannock Township Fire Engine Co. 1 Chief Christopher Bell.

"Additional fire personnel was needed when CO [carbon monoxide] levels were elevated throughout the entire building," he said. "At that point, mutual aid requests were made to fire departments fromRiverdaleKinnelonLincoln Park and Pompton Lakes."

















April 26th 2012:

Weather cooperates in containing Pequannock Towhship Brush Fire

Despite recent conditions that have contributed to brush fires all over the state, calm weather helped contain last Saturday's brush fire in the township before it could pose a greater threat.

"If it was windy it would have been a very different situation, but thankfully it wasn't windy at the time," said Pequannock Township Fire Engine Co. 1 Chief Christopher Bell.

According to Kevin Drake, an assistant division fire warden of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, the fire was reported at 6:15 p.m. on April 21 in Mountainside Park off Mountain Avenue in Pompton Plains. About a quarter-acre was involved, he said.

Bell said local police were the first to arrive on the scene, and used dry chemical extinguishers on the fire before firefighters from both township fire companies arrived. The Pequannock Township First Aid Squad also provided a rehabilitation area for the first responders on the mountain, but no one was injured fighting the blaze, he said.

Drake said three engines and six firefighters from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service arrived later, and the fire was knocked down at about 8 p.m. Even though the fire was above a gas pipeline, Drake said there was no danger to the public because the blaze was strictly a surface fire.

"We got a pretty good handle on it as soon as we got up to the mountain," said Bell. "It was not windy, so the fire wasn't spreading too quickly."

The local engine companies responded with about 40 firefighters and five apparatuses, and it took about 400 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze, he added.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time, and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is handling the investigation, said Bell.


















March 10th through the 13th 2012:

Members of Pompton Plains Fire Company 1 will be attending a Wide Area Search class given by Picatinny Arsenal. The purpose of the Wide Area Search course is to provide first responders with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to find fire and victims in a large area like a warehouse, grocery store, etc.








February 11th 2012:

A North Jersey man was hospitalized after reportedly falling asleep at the wheel and crashing his car on Route 23 early this morning, police report.

On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:51 a.m., a 2001 Nissan Altima was traveling on Route 23 North near the Newark Pompton Turnpike intersection when it struck the concrete median on the north end of the intersection, said police Captain Dan Dooley. The collision caused the car to vault and roll over onto its roof in the right lane and shoulder of the highway.

Personnel from Pequannock fire Co. 1 and 2 responded and used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver, who was the only one in the car. He was identified as a 38-year-old Newfoundland resident. According to Dooley, he "apparently fell asleep before the crash."

The man was transported to Chilton Hospital for treatment of a laceration atop his head.

"Road conditions and speed were no factor in the incident," said Dooley. "No complaints have been issued."


December 11th 2011:

A house at 22 Manor Ave. in Pompton Plains was destroyed in a fire Sunday morning after a vehicle caught fire in an attached garage, according to authorities.

The house was empty, with its owner out of town for the season, when a neighbor came to start the 1984 Chevrolet El Camino coupe/utility vehicle, according to Pequannock Police Capt. Dan Dooley.

The vehicle’s engine caught fire, and quickly “engulfed” the garage and the entire house shortly before 11 a.m., Dooley said.