Saturday, December 14, 2013 - All three Washington Township Fire Companies were dispatched to 7 Shenandoah Court for a reported house fire. Fairmount's Chief, who happened to be nearby, was on scene immediately and confirmed heavy fire. An interior attack was impossible; only outside master streams could be used.
Temperatures in the 20's and an active snowfall for the entire duration of the incident hampered water supply. Fire hydrants are not available in this portion of town that is not serviced by the public water system. An underground storage tank was quickly exhausted, leaving the sole source of water a tender task force consisting of Chester, Oldwick, Budd Lake, Lebanon Boro, Lebanon Township, Far Hills, New Vernon, and East Whitehouse. Tenders had trouble accessing the scene due to the slippery road conditions.
Numerous fire companies from Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, and Somerset assisted by providing manpower at the scene, water tenders, or station coverage. Additionally, The Long Valley First Aid Squad, Morris County OEM, Washington Township OEM, Washington Township Public Works, and Morris County Public works all assisted.
- Fire 46 Photography
- NJ.com Article (includes pictures of the fire just as the first apparatus arrived)
- Long Valley Patch Article
- 1st Responder News (Cirone Photos)
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