Friday, May 10, 2013
Firefighters and technicians work to halt oily substance leaking onto sidewalk.
The Maplewood Fire Department and the Nutley Hazardous Materials Team halted the spill of an oily substance that had begun leaking from a Springfield Ave. business's basement onto the street Wednesday morning, said Chief Michael Dingelstedt. Maplewood Engine 32 responded to a report of an oil odor in the basement of 1878 Springfield Ave. on Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m., said Dingelstedt. Firefighters found an oily residue mixed with water in both open sump pump wells in the basement, which was also being pumped onto the sidewalk through the pump discharge in front of the building, he said. Firefighters put absorbent pads in the sump pump wells to help prevent the oil from being pumped onto the sidewalk, and called the Nutley Hazardous…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Pickup truck crosses center line and hits minivan.
A woman was injured when the minivan she was driving was hit head-on by a pickup truck on Burnett Avenue in front of Woolley Fuel on Friday, according to Capt. Joseph Callaghan of the Maplewood Fire Department. The pickup crossed the center line and hit the minivan, said Callaghan. Rescue 36 personnel had to cut and remove the driver's side door to extricate the woman, whose leg was caught on the dashboard, said Callaghan. Rescue personnel transported the woman to Saint Barnabas Hospital for observation, said Callaghan; she is expected to fully recover. There were no passengers in the minivan. The driver of the pickup truck had minor injuries and refused medical attention, Callaghan said.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Saturday night fire ignites one-story garage at Rutgers Street residence.
A fire in outdoor fireplace at a home at 55 Rutgers St. in Maplewood apparently spread to a nearby fence before igniting a one-story garage on the property, the Maplewood Fire Department reported Saturday evening. The fire, which was reported at about 6:30 p.m., was quickly extinguished by the fire department acting Deputy Chief John Kozak said. "We were there within three minutes," Kozak said later that night. "We stopped it from extending from the garage." He said residents had been burning materials in the outdoor brick fireplace.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
No injuries on slippery "S" curves Saturday.
A car rolled over on the "S" turns of South Orange Avenue in Maplewood on Saturday, according to Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan of the Maplewood Fire Department. The driver suffered minor injuries and did not need to be extricated from the car, said Callaghan. The fire department assisted with leaking fluids in the roadway and stayed with the man until a tow truck arrived, he said. "The roads were slick and people should really pay attention to the posted speed limits," said Callaghan.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Car erupts in flames in driveway; owner is unharmed.
A car was demolished after it erupted in flames shortly after its owner parked it in his driveway on Clinton Avenue on Sunday night, according to Maplewood Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan. The owner had earlier exited the car and was not injured. Ten minutes after the man pulled into his driveway, a neighbor alerted him that his vehicle was on fire next to his garage, Callaghan said, and the man called 9-1-1. "The quick 9-1-1 call helped the Maplewood Fire Department respond in time before the fire spread to the garage," said Callaghan. "There was minor heat damage to the garage and the vehicle is a total loss." Callaghan said the cause is undetermined.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
An unidentified substance is discharged into a brook leading to the Rahway River.
Correction: Lightning Brook is not part of the Rahway system. It flows into the Elizabeth River and then into Arthur Kill and Newark Bay, according to Bob McCoy, Chair, Maplewood Environmental Advisory Committee. The Maplewood Fire Department discovered a type of petroleum distillate in a section of Lightning Brook off Chancellor Avenue, prompting an environmental clean up by a hazmat crew, according to Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan. A Chancellor Avenue resident called the fire department on Friday to report a strong odor emanating from the Lightning Brook, which passes through the eastern border of Maplewood, said Callaghan. Engine 32 responded and reported a strong petroleum type odor coming from the brook with a sheen on top of the …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Maplewood Fire Department extinguishes car fire.
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Monday, February 18
A car that had just been invovled in a minor, two vehicle accident and had been cleared from the scene erupted in flames on Prospect Street on Valentine's Day, according to Maplewood Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan. The car was destroyed, but no injuries were reported, said Callaghan, who captured on film dramatic images of firefighters extinguishing the flames.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
A look at the week's top stories.
Fire Damages Prospect Street Home An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a Prospect Street home Wednesday but no injuries to a family of seven. Burglar Strikes in Maplewood, Cops Say A report of a prowler breaking into a Hudson Avenue garage early Wednesday morning led Maplewood Police on an unsuccessful foot chase through the neighborhood in pursuit of the man. Drunk Teens Pass Out in Cold After Leaving Essex Fells Party Two teenage boys -- including a 15-year-old from Maplewood -- were hospitalized Saturday night after they drank too much at a party in Essex Fells and apparently passed out in the cold, police officials said. "Suspicious" Fire Damages Tuscan School Shed A fire damaged a vinyl utility shed on the grounds …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Smoke detectors and an evacuation plan were critical to saving the family of seven, fire captain says.
An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a Prospect Street home Wednesday but no injuries to a family of seven, according to Deputy Chief Joseph Callaghan of the Maplewood Fire Department. The fire began at around 12:30 a.m. as the family slept: a couple and their four young children on the second floor and the children's grandmother, who was visiting, on the third floor. "The family was alerted by smoke detectors on the first, second and third floors," said Callaghan. "The wife called 911 while the (husband) made sure (his) mother was OK and evacuating. The children and rest of the family then exited the home." As the fire department arrived, the fire was extending to the second floor exterior, Callaghan said. Maplewood's …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Michael Dingelstedt takes oath of office at Maplewood Township Committee meeting; also sworn in are new deputy chief and captain.
Michael Dingelstedt offically became Maplewood's new fire chief at Tuesday night's Maplewood Township Committee meeting. Township Clerk Elizabeth Fritzen gave the oath of office to Dingelstedt as his family, friends, and fellow Maplewood firefighters looked on. Dingelstedt, who said he was "overwhelmed," thanked his wife, Nancy and daughters, who were in the audience. He also expressed gratitude to outgoing Chief Joseph Richardella, for his leadership and friendship throughout the years. Dingelstedt said he and Richardella have been friends since high school. Also sworn in were Capt. Joseph Callaghan to Deputy Chief (replacing Dingelstedt), and William Heerwagen, Jr., a firefighter who was promoted to captain. Callaghan thanked his …