Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Multiple Fire Departments Battle Frelinghuysen House Fire

Firefighters from four municipalities along with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service extinguished a chimney fire on Heller Road in Frelinghuysen on January 22. 

According to the Allamuchy Township Fire Department, which responded to a mutual aid call for the blaze, firefighters arrived on the scene of a working fire about 9:30 p.m. in a chimney that had spread to an adjacent attic. 

Mutual aid calls brought crews and equipment from neighboring fire stations including Tanker 91-71 from Allamuchy. Also dispatched to the scene was Allamuchy’s Rapid Intervention Crew, with seven members of Truck Rescue 91-74.

The tanker supplied water to firefighters from the Hope Volunteer Fire Department and the other responding departments to knock down the blaze and continue efforts to extinguish remaining hot spots in the attic. 

Crews worked for about two hours, clearing the scene about 11:30 p.m.

In addition to Allamuchy and Hope, responding to the fire were also Blairstown Hose Co. No. 1, Knowlton Twp. Fire and Rescue Company No. 1, Green Township Fire Department, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, Allamuchy-Green First Aid Squad and the Blairstown Ambulance Corps. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.