Monday, February 11, 2013
A blocked fire hydrant could help save a life.
Editor's Note: Fire Commissioner Steve Toth wrote this letter due to a fire hydrant near Gabriel's Restaurant being covered in snow. A fire broke out at the restaurant Saturday. Firefighters had to dig out the hydrant from under the snow before they could put the fire out. To the Editor: With the large amount of snow the area received over the weekend, the Wayne Fire Department, as well as departments in surrounding towns, are encountering an all too common problem: fire hydrants that are blocked by snow or covered with snow. Aside from the fact that the hydrants are not visible, therefore requiring the responding units to locate one farther down the road, having to dig our way to the hydrant, or digging to uncover the connections is time …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Police said hot ashes seemed to be cause of Beechwood Drive blaze.
A Beechwood Drive home was deemed uninhabitable after a fire completely gutted the house Tuesday night. One firefighter was transported to Chilton Hospital with an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure after battling the blaze. He was released later Tuesday. According to Wayne Police Capt. Mark McGrath, the fire appeared to have started on the back deck where a plastic bucket of hot ashes seemed to catch on fire and ignite the home. McGrath said the homeowner told police he had cleaned the ashes from the home's fireplace and put them in the bucket, but that he had watered the ashes before placing them outside. The homeowner also told police that there was no fire or signs of smoke when he and his family left the home to visit …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
No one was injured; fire inspectors examining house, trying to determine what cause the fire.
A minor fire broke out at 181 River Lawn Drive Wednesday night. Fire Commissioner Barry Turner said the fire was “put out rather quickly.” Turner said it appeared the fire started in the front porch of the single-family house. Some of the front of the house was black, particularly the outside of the front porch. Turner said the homeowner told firefighters that he was having electrical problems in the house before the fire started. The owner was not available for comment. Fire inspectors were scheduled to examine the house Wedneday night to determine what caused the fire. Turner said no one in the house was injured. Fire Cos. 1, 2, 3, and 5 and the Wayne First Aid Squad responded to the fire. River Lawn Drive is located near the Hooters …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Park Ridge man was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash Wednesday night.
A 22-year-old man was killed in a two-vheicle crash on Valley Road shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Wayne Police said. The man was identified as Devin Okeefe, of Park Ridge, who was traveling North on Valley Road when his 1998 Acura crossed over to the southbound lane and crashed into a BMW, Sgt. Joseph Duncan said in a statement issued by the police department’s Traffic Bureau Thursday morning. Paramedics from St. Joseph's Hospital and the Wayne First Aid Squad rendered aid to Okeefe, but he died from his injuries at the scene, Duncan said. A doctor from St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson pronounced Okeefe dead at the scene, Duncan said. The driver of the BMW, Dominick Capone, 20, of Woodland Park, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Cash for gold alleged violations, jewelry store robbery, unconscious burglar top headlines.
A alledged car burglar, a jewelry store robbery, retail outlets accused of violating cash for gold laws, and a mom leaves her children at home for hours. Those were some of the most popular topics this month on Wayne Patch. Here is a list of the most popular articles on the site this month. A teen was found unconscious on the front lawn of a property after allegedly breaking into vehicles in the neighborhood early Wednesday morning, police said. Dylan Brothers, 18, of Black Oak Ridge Road in Wayne, NJ, was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft. A pregnant Wayne woman was charged with child endangerment after police found her 8-month-old children alone inside a house last week, police said. Dolly Santiago, 29, was …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Fire commissioner was told no one was living in the house.
Police are investigating a possible arson after a fire broke out in a Wayne Street home early Friday morning. Fire commissioner Barry Turner said authorities received the call at 1:40 a.m. Friday. Turner said police told him that no one was living in the one-story house; the homeowner arrived at the scene at about 2:10 a.m. Turner said the Wayne Police Department’s arson unit was at the scene investigating the incident. Turner said the fire department asked for the unit to go the scene. Smoke steadily made its way out of the house even after the fire was knocked out. Firefighters cut holes in the roof to vent smoke. Others blasted water into the house through holes where windows used to be. “The house is heavily damaged,” Turner said. No …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Car caught on fire that was parked in the driveway, damaging the outside of the home.
A Boblink Court home was damaged when flames from a car fire made their way up the exterior of the house. Firefighters responded to a car on fire in the driveway of the home at about 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Flames eminating from the vehicle spread to the side of the house and worked their way up the structure before being extinguished. Wayne Police Det/Sgt. Al Strumolo said that the fire did not appear suspicious. The home is located in the High Mountain Village neighborhood off of Hamburg Turnpike. Emergency service personnel, including the Wayne Volunteer First Aid Squad and the Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the incident. It is unknown if anyone was injured during the incident. Fire Commissioner Barry Turner could not be …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Fire department creates promotional video.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Friday, July 27, 2012
Fire Company No. 1 is looking for volunteers. Applicants must be residents of Wayne for at least six months, be between 18 and 45 years old, and pass a physical examination and criminal background check. The fire commissioner approves all applicants. Each company has its own chief who trains firefighters, but all volunteers must also attend the Passaic County Fire Academy for fire training and certification in Firefighter I & II courses (financial aid is available). New members have a one year probationary period. Promotions are earned and elected.
Monday, July 23, 2012
No injuries reported as shed on property catches fire Monday night.
Authorities are investigating a possible lightning strike that occurred at a Mrytle Avenue property Monday night. Fire Commissioner Barry Turner said firefighters found a shed on fire on the back of the property at 43 Myrtle Ave. shortly before 8 p.m. Turner said the back of the property was on fire and that the back of the house was exposed to fire as well. Turner said lighting could have struck the ground and traveled toward the shed and the house. Lighting streaked across the sky during the rainstorm last night at about the time the incident occurred. “We have definite signs of melted wires and electrical sockets inside the garage,” Turner said. Inspectors from the fire department were at the scene investigating the incident at about 9 …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Neighbors say family of four is safe after escaping burning house.
Garvey Road resident David Murphy smelled smoke when he arrived home at midnight Friday, but did not think much of it. "I thought maybe I dropped a cigarette in my car," he said. But a couple hours later, around 2:30 a.m., when Murphy, 61, saw dozens of emergency response officials crowd his street, he realized something was wrong. His next-door neighbor's home at 19 Garvey Road was on fire. "I went downstairs and I saw out the window the deck was in flames," neighbor Cindy Collins, 47, said. Collins said she also smelled smoke around 8 p.m. Thursday but went to bed. When she saw the flames at about 2:30 a.m., she woke her husband, who immediately ran outside, grabbed his hose and began fighting the fire along with the owner of 19 Garvey …