DOWNS: Unsuspecting patrons continued dining at the Namaste India restaurant, in Mahwah on July 28th, after fire broke out on the roof, authorities said. Workers were doing a “patch job” on the roof when tar ignited. Flames spread down into the walls on the northeast corner of the structure. The building wasn't evacuated until firefighters arrived, answering an AFA call. The Franklin Turnpike restaurant was closed until repairs are made and the Board of Health gives approval to open.
UPS: The city of Trenton reopened Engine Co. 8's firehouse on Stuyvesant Ave., in July, four days after it was closed due to structural issues. The city had an engineer examine the building, which opened in 1914. “A structural engineer gave the green light for operation,” city spokesman Connor Llchert said. “There were minor, non-hazardous, electrical issues which are being addressed,” he added.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire in two Washington St. dwellings in Perth Amboy, July 27th, displaced 28 people. The occupants escaped without injury, but 3 firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, Fire Chief Ed Mullen said.
UPS: An accused arsonist was charged with setting four fires in Union County over a three-hour period, in July, after he was caught with a lighter, can of WD-40 and cardboard while smashing the glass door of a business, authorities said. Marcus D. Wise faces multiple counts of arson, burglary and criminal mischief for the incidents that began on the evening of July 25th, in Linden. The fires involved a business on North Wood Ave., a vacant dwelling on Seymour Ave., a brush fire on East Curtis St. and a dumpster at Soehl Middle School on East Henry St., police and prosecutors said.
DOWNS: On July 30th, while state troopers and West Orange firefighters were operating at the scene of an MVA on I. 280, a dump truck struck the trooper vehicles. The dump truck pushed the back end of Rescue 2's ambulance into the rear of Engine 4, and then the dump truck caught fire. Mutual aid was called in for assistance, including a foam unit. Along with civilians, three troopers and five firefighters were injured. One firefighter was detained at the hospital with serious injuries, officials said.
UPS: Maywood Firefighter George Stegar celebrated his 96th birthday with a firehouse party, in August. He has been a firefighter for 77-years. Besides his duties in Maywood, he was a member of the former West New York Auxiliary FD, and rose to chief.
DOWNS: A fire broke out in a Woolsey St. dwelling in Hamilton Twp., Aug. 4th, that belongs to a township firefighter. The firefighter, his girlfriend and his father escaped through a window, unharmed, officials said. The local fire union has organized an online fundraiser to support their member and his family.
UPS: Smokey Bear has turned 75-years-old. To celebrate, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service had a birthday bash for him at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Aug. 10th. Included was activities for children and simulated training that wildland firefighters go through. Firefighting equipment was also on display.
DOWNS: One firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening injury after a partial roof collapse during a fire in a Galloway Ct. dwelling, July 28th, in West Orange. Five firefighters were injured in all, with one being detained at the hospital, officials said.
UPS: New Jersey will receive $57.6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for emergency preparedness, terrorism prevention and bolstering port security and transit security efforts, according to the “Homeland Preparedness News.”
DOWNS: A fire in a Wilson Ct. home, in Manalapan, July 26th, left one person dead, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.