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Smoke Alarm Save Short Hills Resident From Fire

In a weekend house fire, a resident made it out safely but a firefighter was injured.

A Short Hills resident escaped from a house fire on Hickory Road, after his smoke alarm woke him early Saturday morning. However, a firefighter was hospitalized from injuries he received while putting out the fire. 

Both Millburn Fire Department stations responded to a fire at 4:42 a.m. where smoke could be seen coming from the second floor of the house, fire officials said. 

"The smoke detector saved his life," Chief Michael Roberts said.

As firefighters made their way to into the two-story house, a 15-foot section of the ceiling collapsed on one of the firefighters. He was sent to Saint Barnabus Medical Center in Livingston, after being treated by the Millburn First Aid Squad.

According to Chief Roberts, “Our guy took a pretty good hit as it broke a piece of his fire helmet and parts of his self-contained breathing apparatus that he was wearing to extinguish the fire”.

The firefighter was treated for neck and back pain and released from the hospital.

The man living in the house woke to his fire alarm beeping and the second floor of his house filled with smoke, officials said. He called 9-1-1 after he got out of the house and met the firefighters on his front lawn, informing the department that he was the only one home.

The fire was accidental and caused by a frayed lamp cord, fire officials said after an investigation.

“We arrived within six minutes of the call and the guys did a great job in making their searches and extinguishing the fire with minimal damage to the rest of the house”, Chief Roberts stated.

The fire was put out by 5:39 a.m. Summit, Maplewood and Springfield Fire Departments assisted. 

deerfield mom of 2 August 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Nice job to the Fire Department.. The phone call went into 911. Just think about it, if it had gone into Livingston, or some other place outside of Millburn things could have been worse for this poor guy. Save police dispatch.
Joel August 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Millburn firefighters are currently being dispatched by the city of Summit and not our own fire dispatchers. You seem to be saying that there was no problem with that arrangement in this instance? I do agree that the police department is entirely different and we do need to retain our own police dispatchers!
Jenny August 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Yes, I also read the article in the Item. It’s amazing how people read things differently… Mike Roberts' mentioning Tim Gordon being on scene is not some sort of conspiracy, nor is it uncommon. And, it certainly isn’t the "heart of the problem". You may not know this, but Tim Gordon is ALWAYS on scene whenever there’s a significant MFD call. He’s there to offer his support to our residents, families and business owners. Whether it’s 4 o’clock in the morning or midnight (while you're home comfy in your bed sleeping), he’s always there.
Retired MFD August 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
As a retired career firefighter officer, I noticed Tim Gordon only coming to scenes when Mike became chief. When Chief Murray was chief, we never saw Gordon near the firehouse. I never once saw him bring anything to the table and was no better than any other fire buff. I think Mike spent his life kissing Gordon’s rear side and it worked. It got him promoted to Battalion Chief over the backs of other deserving candidates and set the stage for him to be chief.
mark-m August 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Local politics, and whose relatives are dispatchers aside, the great point of this story is that Smoke Alarms save lives. Good job!
Millburnite August 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I hope the firefighter injured is OK. Firefighters are dispatched from Summit, which is not and has never been ideal. Don't see the difference with police being dispatched from Livingston. Why should the police have Millburn dispatch and not the firefighters? Both should be dispatched from Millburn. Are people aware our firefighters cover several neighboring towns when assistance is needed? You should pray they are not out on a call in Irvington or Summit if your home catches fire. The firefighters do a wonderful job with a skeleton staff. They are to be commended.
Raymond Torres August 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
that was great the fire dept did a great job
appreciative August 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM
God Bless these firefighters! You couldn't pay me enough to run into burning buildings everyday for a living. I realize times are tough fiscally but when our bravest have contract talks I hope they get all they deserve! We can't pay them enough!!!!!

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