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 …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The three-alarm fire destroyed much of the home; no injuries were reported.
A three-alarm fire that began in the kitchen area of a home on Barchester Way in Westfield was extinguished after three hours of work by several Union County Fire Departments on Saturday. According to neighbors, the fire began in the kitchen microwave around 1:30 p.m. Two boys, ages 14 and nine, were home at the time but ran out of the house to safety. "When we first arrived we had confirmation that two children were lost inside," said Westfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Buccino. "We began as a search and rescue operation, but once we learned the children were out and safe we switched to suppression. The fire began in the kitchen area and moved laterally across the top of the house." The fire required three ladders and six …
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.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Firefighters were able to bring a residential fire under control in minutes.
A homeowner's attempt to remove paint from the outside of his home with a heat gun resulted in a house fire Saturday at about 4:50 p.m. The Cranford Fire Department was called to 6 Lasalle Ave. at approximately 4:53 p.m. on April 7 for reports of a residential fire at a home located just a few blocks away from Orange Avenue. According to fire officials, a resident of the two-story, white home on the small residential street was attempting to remove paint with a heat gun, when he accidentally set the wooden frame of the house on fire. There was nobody in the house when the fire broke out. Upon arrival, Cranford firefighters requested mutual aid backup from the Westfield Fire Department. The blaze was brought under control within minutes, …