Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Assoc. Local #37/#237 joins the Cranford Post Office to collect this year's toy haul.
For close to 20 years the Cranford Fire Department has had a hand in providing Christmas toys to underprivileged children with the help of the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Or at least that as far back as Lt. Frank Genova can remember. The Cranford native searched a section of fire headquarters recently to find something that hinted at how long the department has been involved. The earliest mention he found was on a congratulatory plaque from the Marines that said 1998. But the plaques weren't always given out, according to some firefighters. Whether it was 20 years ago, or 10 years ago, the firefighters volunteer their time to catalog, collect and deliver the pounds of toys that make their way to the station. The Cranford Firemen'…
Monday, December 3, 2012
By Dec. 5, drop off a donated toy and your own unwrapped gift to be delivered to your home.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, December 3, 2012
The following information appears on the Cranford Police Department's Facebook page. Santa Delivery 2012 Once again the Cranford Jaycees have agreed to sponsor the Santa Delivery program for us. If you are interested in participating you are asked to drop off an unwrapped toy to be given to a local charity. In return Santa and his Jaycee elves will deliver your wrapped present(s) to your home along with an escort from the Cranford Police or Fire Department! PRESENT DROP OFF @ The Cranford Fire Department (bring donated toy and your wrapped gifts together) -Monday, December 3rd from 6pm - 8pm -Wednesday, December 5th from 6pm - 8pm SANTA DELIVERIES Wednesday, December 12th from 6pm - 8pm Friday, December 14th from 6pm - 8pm Every effort …
Monday, November 26, 2012
A small blaze erupted in the garage of a Richmond Street house on Nov. 26.
A malfunctioning freezer led to a small blaze in the garage of a Richmond Avenue house Monday evening. Cranford Firefighters were called to the residential area at approximately 7:55 p.m. following reports of a fire in the attached garage of a home at the end of Richmond Street, just off Riverside Drive. According to Fire Chief Leonard Dolan, a malfunctioning freezer started the blaze, which spread to other areas of the garage. "The fire extended to some of the contents of the garage," Dolan said as fire crews prepared to clear the scene Monday night. Arriving units, Dolan said, quickly extinguished the fire and then began ventilating the smoke from the garage and the house. "We also checked to make sure there was no extension of the fire …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Firefighters are on the scene.
Cranford firefighters are on the scene of a reported smoke condition in the basement of a multi-unit office building located at 750 Walnut Ave. According to unofficial reports, the call was received at about 3:03 p.m. today. Arriving units immediately requested additional manpower as they worked to locate the cause of the condition. Fire crews on the scene determined that the source of the heavy smoke is an overheated motor in the basement of the building. No injuries or significant damage have been reported. Firefighters are ventilating the structure to eliminate the smoke. Patch will update the story if the situation escalates or if additional information becomes available.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Proceeds from an event planned for this evening will be used to assist the Bilson family of Cranford, whose home was destroyed in a fire on June 24.
Members of local emergency service agencies throughout Union County have always had a reputation for looking out for one another when tragedy strikes. So when a fire destroyed the Cranford home of someone on the Union County Hazmat Team, plans to help the family began to evolve almost immediately. In fact, a few responders and bystanders began discussing the need for some type of fundraiser even as crews worked to extinguish the blaze, which ripped through the North Avenue home of the Billson family on June 24, destroying the structure as well as all of their belongings. Bill Billson is a full-time member of the Union County Hazmat Team, FMBA Local 99, NJ State FMBA, and is a volunteer member of the Garwood and Westfield fire departments …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Equipment inside a power station caught fire Friday afternoon.
Cranford firefighters and mutual aid crews responded to a small fire inside a PSE&G power station at 225 South Ave. East. According to Fire Chief Leonard Dolan, a piece of switching equipment caught fire inside the building just after 3 p.m. on July 13. Dolan said that during Hurricane Irene, the building flooded. As a result, the utility company was in the process of taking electrical circuits that were inside the building and relocating them outside, to the rear of the facility. It is believed that one of the circuits - which feeds downtown Cranford and the northeast section of town - caught fire during the switching process. "We initially thought it was a bigger piece of equipment," Dolan said. Dolan said no power outages were reported …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Cranford fire officials are unable to enter the home and investigate the cause of the June 24 blaze due to the instability of the chimney.
Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the four-alarm fire that caused heavy damage to a home at 217 North Ave. West on June 24. According to Cranford Fire Chief Leonard Dolan, the home was "heavily damaged" when flames tore through the top two floors of the dwelling. "We're unable to go in an investigate because the chimney is not stable," Dolan said. Officials are waiting for the homeowner's insurance company to take action so that the chimney can be stablized, allowing investigators to go inside the house and determine the origin of the fire. Dolan said that the cause of the blaze does not appear to be suspicious. The fire was reported just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The fire quickly spread throughout the upper part of the …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Firefighters from Cranford and several nearby towns battled a four-alarm blaze Sunday.
Smoke billowed from the windows and flames shot from a gaping hole in the roof of a home at 217 North Ave. West on June 24. Fire companies from all over Union County responded to the township to provide mutual aid to the Cranford Fire Department as they worked to bring the late afternoon blaze under control. For more news and updates about Cranford, "like" us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CranfordPatch or follow @CranfordPatch on Twitter.
A fire destroyed the top two floors of a residence.
Firefighters from the Cranford Fire Department and several nearby municipalities are continuing to battle a blaze that has already destroyed the top two floors of a home at 217 North Ave. West, across the street from Dooley Funeral Home. Smoke billowed from the second floor windows and flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the two-and-a-half-story structure at about 6 p.m. on June 24, as firefighters aimed heavy streams of water at the residence, hoping to bring the fire under control. Across the street, Jeanette Bilson, the owner of the home, sat on a chair next to her family, watching crews from Cranford, Linden, Garwood, Kenilworth, Roselle, Roselle Park and Westfield work to extinguish the blaze. Bilson and her family were not…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Fire broke out around 7:30 p.m., with firefighters from nearby towns providing assistance to bring it under control.
A heavy fire tore through a two-story woodframe home at 21 Normandie Place Tuesday night. Cranford firefighters responded to the scene of the two-alarm fire at approximately 7:30 p.m. to find the home engulfed in smoke and flames.Westfield firefighters arrived just after 7:30 pm to provide mutual aid. Crews from the nighboring township used a ladder truck to access the roof of the home. Roselle firefighters were also called to assist in efforts to extinguish the blaze. The main body of the fire was reportedly extinguished at about 8:05 p.m. The cause of the fire is still unknown. For more news and updates about Cranford, "like" us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CranfordPatch or follow @CranfordPatch on Twitter.