New Street Structure Fire


On November 24th, 2023 at 1435 hours, Rockaway Borough Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on New St. Upon arrival, Chief 410 Rob Smith reported propane and acetylene tanks exploding and flying several feet into the air. 410 confirmed a working detached garage fire and sounded a 2nd Alarm. This brought in Picatinny Arsenal FD RIC Team and Engine, Rockaway Twp FD Engine, Morris Plains FD Air Truck, and Morris County Coordinators. There were various hazards present: oxygen, propane, and acetylene tanks, multiple junked vehicles and automotive materials, forging materials, etc.
Due to the extent of the hazards present, initial fire suppression efforts were made via T413 aerial stream to knock down most of the fire. After most of the fire was knocked down, the hose teams were allowed to approach the garage and finish fire suppression operations. Fire was placed under control before 1530 hours and salvage and overhaul crews went to work. The command was terminated around 1640 hours and we are happy to report no civilian or personnel injuries. The RBFD would like to thank Rockaway Township Fire Department, Picatinny Arsenal Fire & Emergency Services, Morris Plains Fire Department, Morris County Communications Center and MAC Coordinators, Rockaway Borough Police, and RBDPW for their assistance.
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