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Commercial Garage Fire in Closter

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CLOSTER, NJ - Around 11:40 A.M. on August 1st, the Closter Fire Department, along with Demarest and Haworth Fire Departments, were dispatched to 448 Demarest Ave. for a heavy smoke condition in a commercial garage.

First arriving units were met with heavy black smoke visible from a rollup door and a second-alarm was transmitted. Closter Engine 761 arrived and stretched a line to the front door as Haworth ladder 169 arrived and laddered the building. Demarest Engine 2 hit a hydrant and laid into Closter's engine as Demarest's ladder took the front of the building.

Firefighters cut a hole into the rollup door and put two hand lines into operation. Mutual aid companies arrived on scene and assisted in knocking down the fire as Northvale's engine supplied Demarest's ladder. The fire, which was contained to pallets and debris burning inside, was knocked down within 30 minutes. No injuries were reported. Mutual aid from Haworth, Demarest, Northvale, Norwood, and Harrington Park assisted on scene. 

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CHRIS TOMPKINSSenior Correspondent

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