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UPS page 2, May, 2021

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | May 01, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 032921108

DOWNS: Paterson officials said 49 residents were displaced as the result of a 3-alarm fire in a North 7th St. dwelling on Feb. 29th. A city fire captain sustained burns and was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center. His injuries were described as non-life-threatening, officials said.

UPS: Camden Ladder Co. 3 is celebrating its 121st anniversary of service to the community.

DOWNS: Over 60 residents of a five-story Roselle apartment building were displaced as a result of a multiple-alarm fire on March 1st. One firefighter and two captains received minor injuries from burns and smoke inhalation, officials said.

UPS: The Bloomfield F.D. has been awarded $9,107.67 in CARES Act funds. This act was passed last year and will help fire departments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOWNS: A fire at the Howard Johnson Hotel on North Black Horse Pike in Gloucester Twp., Feb. 3rd, sent guests scrambling to escape the flames and smoke, officials said.

UPS: An elderly woman was safely evacuated by a neighbor due to a fire at her Carteret home, March 1st., Fire Chief Mark Hruska said.

DOWNS: Several people were able to escape an early morning fire in a Baird Blvd. dwelling in Camden, Feb. 4th. Officials believe the occupants were squatters. Six people were taken to area hospitals for smoke inhalation.

UPS: Completing their probationary year and earning their helmet shields in Perth Amboy are Firefighters Delfosse, Clark and Matusewicz.

DOWNS: An abandoned Cramer St. apartment building in Camden was the scene of a long-duration 3-alarm fire on March 10th. After operating for about 90 minutes, an explosion occurred, officials said. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation. A Pennsauken ladder was damaged.

UPS: In March, Quality Auto Mall donated COVID 19 masks to the East Rutherford Fire Department.

DOWNS: Although Middletown firefighters rescued three dogs, four cats, twenty rabbits and one hamster from a burning home on Crystal Court, March 10th, some of the pets later died due to smoke inhalation, officials said.

UPS: A deer, that was chased by a dog, got stuck in the mud of Debbie's Creek during low tide and was rescued by members of Brielle Fire Co. 1, March 11th. Assistant Chief Daryl Schambach said firefighters went out and lifted the deer onto a kayak, put a strap around it, and then towed the kayak ashore. “The deer was fine,” he said.

DOWNS: A 61-year-old New Brusnwick man was found deceased by firefighters in the basement of a Delavan St. dwelling during a multiple-alarm fire, March 13th, officials said.

UPS: A Fair Street apartment fire, in Paterson, displaced 18 people and firefighters rescued a man and his toddler daughter on March 7th. City firefighters found a cat hiding under a bed on the 3rd floor and pulled him out to safety. “He was covered in smoke and soot, his paws were purple,” said Firefighter Michael Scherer. “He had wheezing and crackling in the lungs from smoke inhalation.” The displaced family could no longer keep “Mr. Woo.” The firefighters brought him back to the to their firehouse. “Nobody wanted to adopt him, so I brought him home,” Scherer said. FF Scherer found a vet at All Creatures Great and Small of Denville, which donated time and money to help him recover. The cat is doing well in his new home, and he has been re-named “Mr. Smoky.”

DOWNS: Six families were displaced and a firefighter suffered minor injuries in a 2-alarm fire involving a Wolcott Terr. dwelling in Newark, March 16th.

UPS: Winslow Township Police Officer Jarel Ferren rescued an elderly woman from a burning Church Road apartment fire, in Sicklerville, March 20th. Officials say he spotted flames coming from the building, radioed in the alarm, and then he entered the structure. He heard a woman crying for help. Ferren ran through smoke, found the victim, and carried her out to safety, as recorded on the officer's video. The woman was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and burns. Responders also rescued the woman's dog and parrot.

DOWNS: A fire in a Franklin borough dwelling took the life of a 13-year-old girl on March 19th. Arriving units found the home heavily involved in fire. Sgt. Vandor Ploeg said two residents on the second-floor escaped through a window onto a lower roof and sustained minor injuries.

UPS: In March, the Port Authority of NY & NJ Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Unit donated 37 new SCBA to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department. Borough firefighters are part of the authority's mutual aid units at Teterboro Airport, where they respond to incidents.

DOWNS: An underground explosion on busy Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park, March 25th, rocked several blocks in the city. Officials say the explosion was caused by an electrical issue.

UPS: The Plainfield Vulcan Pioneers of Union County, in partnership with FMBA Local 7, contacted Plainfield Action Services who identified 20 families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those families received $100 Shoprite gift cards at Fire Headquarters, in March.

DOWNS: A part-time firefighter with the NJ Forestry Service suffered a “cardiac incident” while responding to the massive wild fire, that also involved buildings, in the Lakewood area on March 14th, officials said. In a May 19th press release, from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, it has been determined that the Lakewood fire was intentionally set. “We have located the origin of the fire and have concluded that the fire was intentionally set,” Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.