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Fire Destroys Travel Trailer, Damages Flanders, N.J., Home
Firefighters from the Flanders Fire Company No. 1 and Rescue Squad Attack Fire in the Driveway and Prevent it From Spreading to the Home
By: Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad
Firefighters were alerted shortly before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon when the homeowner, Michael Stoltz, called 911. Arriving units found the approximately 20-foot-long hardside trailer sitting in the driveway of the home at 41 Drakesdale Road, completely consumed by flames. Heat from the fire damaged the vinyl siding of the family’s home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the trailer fire and prevent further damage to the home. The trailer was a total loss, but there were no injuries.
Flanders firefighters received help from the Budd Lake Fire Company and the Netcong Fire Department. The fire is under investigation by the Mount Olive Fire Marshal’s office and the Mount Olive Police Department Detective Bureau.
The Flanders Fire Company No. 1 and Rescue Squad provides fire protection and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Flanders and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. It is made up of about 45 members who receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and emergency medical services. The fire company operates two fire engines, one tower truck, one heavy rescue, a brush-and-foam truck, three ambulances, a multiple-casualty unit and a mass decontamination unit.
In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations, training and a trailer that safely simulates a smoke-filled home. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (973) 584-7805 or click on www.flandersfire.org.
Doug Fenichel, APR