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Second Alarm in New Milford

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June 11, 2024 | NEW JERSEY BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

Cluttered conditions and debris hampered firefighters attempts to control a house fire on June 11th.  

No residents were at home when calls reporting a fire at 220 Voorhis Ave. began to be received shortly after 7:00 p.m. Heavy fire was venting out of a large kitchen window in the rear of the 1 ½ story frame dwelling as companies arrived. A second alarm was transmitted as one line was stretched in the front door and another went in a rear door. The visible fire was soon knocked down, but smoke continued to issue from the first and second floor. The roof was vented which improved conditions on the first floor, but flames had extended to the second floor and reaching them in the rear of the home was difficult due to the clutter in the way. Eventually crews were able to access the fire and extinguish it. 

The fire was placed under control shortly after 8:00 p.m. with conditions requiring an extended overhaul. Two dogs were found deceased in the home, but there were no reported firefighter injuries. The specific cause is yet to be determined, but the fire is considered accidental.

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