Thursday, April 25, 2013
Two firefighters were injured in the blaze on Swaine Place Thursday morning, which left the West Orange home uninhabitable.
Two West Orange families were left homeless as a result of a morning fire in a Swaine Place home Thursday morning, police officials said. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries at the three-story home at 5 Swaine Place that started at 10:27 a.m., officials said. The fire was extinguished in less than 30 minutes but heavily damaged the third floor and left the home uninhabitable, a township spokesperson said. The side of a neighboring home was also damaged from the fire. According to a Swaine Place resident, as a precaution West Orange firefighters evacuated the houses closest to the fire. No information was available on the cause of the fire which remains under investigation. Firefighters from West Orange, Orange and South Orange fought…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
West Orange township officials acknowledge police officer Jerome Pleasants and Det. Keith Boryseskne for heroic March 2 rescue of mother, son from Pleasant Valley Way garden apartment blaze.
“There was no second thought about what I had to do,” Officer Jerome Pleasants said. It was about 1:45 p.m. on March 2 when Det. Keith Boryseskne and Pleasants arrived at a Pleasant Valley Way garden apartment that was billowing smoke and had the intense heat of a two-alarm fire before a single fire truck had arrived. “It’s all about safety of the people in the community,” Boryseskne explained. Deciding there was little time to waste and with no fire protection equipment available, the West Orange detective and police officer headed into the apartment with complete disregard for their own lives, saving two others. “It takes a different person to do what they did,” Fire Chief Peter F. Smeraldo Jr. said at Tuesday night’s council meeting. …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Detective Keith Boryseskne and Officer Jerome Pleasants pulled a 50-year-old resident from a blaze Saturday afternoon before the fire department arrived on scene.
A West Orange detective and township police officer re-entered a burning Pleasant Valley Way apartment Saturday afternoon after helping a 72-year-old woman to safety in order to rescue her unconscious son when fire broke out, officials said. According to West Orange police, Det. Keith Boryseskne and Officer Jerome Pleasants arrived at 1480 Pleasant Valley Way at about 1:50 p.m. just before the fire department and reported heavy smoke conditions in a unit in the apartment complex. Boryseskne entered the apartment and helped 72-year-old Elaine Sugerman out the smoke-filled apartment, police said. She told police her 50-year-old son was still in the kitchen of the apartment. According to the report, Boryseskne then went back into the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Janitors helped put out the fire, but school evacuated by first-floor smoke.
A garbage can fire in a West Orange elementary school restroom resulted in the school having to be evacuated, West Orange fire officials said Thursday. The fire, in the first-floor restroom of the Pleasantdale Elementary School on Pleasant Valley Way, started about 1:40 p.m., West Orange Fire Capt. Robert Dsurney said. School janitors extinguished most of the fire with buckets of water and dragged the can outside before the fire department arrived, officials said. However, since smoke filled the first floor, the school was evacuated for about 20 minutes while firefighters vented the building, Dsurney said. West Orange police are investigating.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Machado's Tailors and Financial Services LLC at Tory Corner were significantly damaged in the accident. Two reported injuries.
An out of control tow truck careened down Eagle Rock Avenue and plowed through the outer wall of a store and then through an adjacent store at the intersection of Main and Washington streets at around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Tory Corner was closed and cordoned off with yellow police tape after a tow truck drove through the outside wall of Machado’s Tailors, and then continued to drive through the business into Financial Services LLC right next door. Two people were treated for minor injuries, according to the West Orange Police Department. The tow truck driver and someone from inside one of the businesses were taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. Sean Sims, who owns Friendware Computers, at 296 Main St., …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
One firefighter treated for smoke inhalation.
A Lincoln Avenue home sustained significant fire damage Thursday afternoon, and one firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation as crews battled near triple-digit temperatures to bring the blaze under control. No residents of the one-story home were injured, authorities said. The West Orange Fire Department responded to the fire around 3:30 p.m. It was extinguished in about 45 minutes. “I’m just happy that everyone came out safe and were blessed not to get hurt,” said Emanuel Peak, the brother of the homeowner. “My main concern was to get up here and make sure they were safe.” Wilhel Mina, who lives across the street, said she believed the fire began under the porch on the side of the house. There also appeared to be a woodpile beneath …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Incident happened at Gilbert Place.
A West Orange resident suffered second-degree burns to his hand early this morning after an electrical fire gutted his basement and first floor, according to township fire department officials. The fire on Gilbert Place was first reported at 2:11 a.m. this morning after the resident heard an explosion in his home, smelled smoke, and went downstairs to the basement where he saw a fire emanating from the electrical panel, said Fire Captain Robert Dsurney. Before he ushered his wife and dog out of the house, the resident suffered burns to his hand after trying to move some items in the basement, Dsurney said. About 15 firefighters arrived and got the blaze under control within 30 minutes, Dsurney said. The fire caused extensive damage to the …