Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In the early morning hours on Tuesday, firefighters from several Bayshore communities worked to bring the flames under control.
A fire blazed through two attached homes on Broad Street in Keyport in the early morning hours on Tuesday, according to Police Chief Butch Casaletto. The police dispatcher received a report of a fire just before 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 and responding officers Sgt. Steven Dixon, Ptl. Robert McCartin and Ptl. Gregory Johnson found that the fire had spread from 138 Broad Street to the adjoining home at 140 Broad Street. The Keyport Borough Fire Department responded to the scene and began battling the blaze, requesting assistance from the Matawan Borough Fire Department, Aberdeen Township Fire Department, Hazlet Township Fire Company #1, North Centerville Fire Company, and Union Beach Fire Department. The Keyport First Aid Squad also responded …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The brush fire was located near trails deep into the woods behind Kwikshop on 516.
Local fire departments put out a blaze deep in the woods off of New Brunswick Avenue Wednesday morning, in the vicinity of Lake Lefferts. The fire was reported at about 8:30 a.m. by a driver who noticed smoke coming from the woods behind Kwikstop Food Stores & Deli while heading toward Route 79 on New Brunswick Avenue. Within minutes, the fire department located an approximately 1,000-square-foot fire burning in the woods about 2,000 feet behind the convenience shop, according to Aberdeen Fire Cpt. Will Smith, Jr. The fire was located close to the lake. The Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene with their brush fire truck and drove through the forest to the fire, where they were able to bring the flames under control. …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Emergency responders were trained on the fire department's newest water rescue boat, a red Zodiac fit for a town with so many lakes and creeks.
Bobbing in Lake Lefferts a short way from the dock off of Ravine Drive, is a member of the Matawan Borough Fire Department waiting to be rescued by fellow emergency responders during a water rescue drill on Sept. 23. Two firefighters climb into the department's new red Zodiac, designated as Marine-29-1, and launch into the lake, navigating four buoys on their way to their comrade, who is playing the role of the victim. As they approach, they place the boat into neutral and float the final distance toward the victim. Then the rescuers deploy a brightly colored net, wrap it under and around the victim, and hoist her onto the boat. They drive the victim to the dock where they use a similar rolling strategy to transfer her from the boat to the…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Main Street expected to reopen soon, police say
Main Street in Matawan was closed Thursday afternoon after a tractor trailor leaked diesel fuel on the roadway, police said. According to Lt. Ben Smith, a UPS truck was driving over the train tracks toward Route 34 shortly before 4 p.m.. As the tractor trailer crossed the tracks, a spring broke and punctured a whole in the gas tank. The truck continued driving but stopped on Main Street near Bart's Restaurant when the driver noticed there was an issue. A woman driving behind the truck slid on the fuel and had a minor, one-vehicle accident, Smith said. She was not injured. "Diesel fuel on the roadway is like ice," Smith said. "It's very slippery." The Matawan Fire Department and Matawan First Aid Squad responded to the scene to help close …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Take a peek back in time to when the Matawan Borough Fire Department celebrated their 100th anniversary
This silent home video offers a glimpse into life in Matawan in 1969, when the Matawan Borough Fire Department celebrated their 100th anniversary. Children run up and down the street as members of the Marching Huskies from Matawan Regional High School pass by. Old fire trucks, classic cars, and a three-wheeled bicycle can be seen cruising by the intersection of Ravine Drive and Main Street. Watch closely to see Miss New Jersey Cheryl Carter, who was from Matawan, waving to the crowd as she rides through the parade in a covertible. This video was shared on YouTube by "whodee." What did you enjoy most about the video?
Saturday, May 26, 2012
A kayaker was stranded about 150 feet from shore Saturday afternoon, emergency responders say
The Matawan Borough Fire Department pulled a stranded kayaker from a waterway near County Road 516 Saturday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Carl Bommer. The male victim launched his kayak in Lake Lefferts near Ravine Drive and traveled under County Road 516, Bommer said. Shortly after passing under the bridge, the man got stuck in the mud about 150 feet from the shore along Greenbrook Drive. He was unable to free himself and a witness called 911 at about 2 p.m., Bommer said. Members of the fire department trained in ice and water rescue went into the water and retrieved the kayaker, who was uninjured in the incident, according to Bommer. He was safely on shore by 4:15 p.m. Since the kayaker was right on the border of Matawan and Old …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fire destroyed at least three condos in a 55 and older development in Old Bridge. Five fire companies respond. No injuries reported.
A fire destroyed at least three condo units in a 55 and older community just outside Cheesequake State Park in Old Bridge Township today. The surrounding units in Cheesequake Village were evacuated as five fire companies, including Cheesequake and Matawan Borough, worked the blaze. Firefighters appeared to have the fire at 7 Maine Court under control by 11:45 a.m. Old Bridge Police Captain Art Carulo said there were no injuries reported. Firefighters used a ladder truck to access the collapsed roof and were seen throwing out charred beams and pieces of furniture as white smoke continued to pour out of the evacuated homes. The smell of smoke filled the air. According to Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jack Kokoszka, the fire was …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Authorities quickly respond to gas leak and seal the pipe. The smell was prominent in the area Wednesday morning.
A natural gas leak under Mill Road Wednesday morning was quickly brought under control, say authorities. The leak at 30 Mill Road was reported to police around 9:30 a.m. According to Matawan Lt. Ben Smith, a road crew hired by Matawan Borough hit a metal gas line while repairing curbs. Nobody was injured, he said. Mill Road runs between Route 34, across from Strathmore Shopping Center, to Route 79, at the Brass Rail restaurant. The smell of gas was prominent in the area Wednesday morning. New Jersey Natural Gas was on the scene. According to the Fire Chief Carl Brommer, police are checking houses, and if a resident is not home authorities are turning the gas off as a safety precaution. NJNG will have to make more extensive repairs to the …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Flames overtook an office building on Rt. 34 in Old Bridge
An office building on Route 34 in Old Bridge Township was heavily damaged during a three alarm fire Wednesday evening. According to Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company Asst. Chief Ed Mendez, the Old Bridge Fire Department was called to the scene at 5:30 p.m. The fire was already blazing out of the windows and through the roof when they arrived. The office building, located at 246 Route 34 in Old Bridge, housed at least four separate businesses including All Smiles Dental Care, Behavioral Health Solutions, Swift Construction, LLC and a tax office. Almost the entire roof burned in the fire, Mendez said. The fire department also had to shatter windows on the second floor to help ventilate the building. A fire is considered a third alarm fire …