Bound Brook Firefighters and Mutual Aid Fight 7-Alarm Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JANUARY 13, 2020 – MONDAY

On Sunday night around 2000 (8pm) hours EST, a massive fire ripped through a 3-story apartment complex under construction located on Mountain Avenue and East Main in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

When firefighters arrived, they immediately escalated the fire  to a multiple alarm fire.  It would soon be necessary to escalate it even higher, as additional units were being requested to respond.   Mutual aid from various areas within the county and even outside their County would respond to the fire, as well as backfilling stations for local area service calls.  The highest level it reached was a seven-alarm fire.

The fire building, a 3-story apartment complex was said to be fully engulfed upon arriving on-scene.  Other exposures would soon be eaten alive by fire, as resources rushed in to try to save them.  Brush fires would be ignited as embers from burning buildings.  So much focus was on their downtown corridor as debris and fires would erupt.  Later the area would be closed off and open to emergency vehicles only.

Photo Credit | NJSPBA

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Fire was reported by a civilian that it had jumped across the street to another building with propane tanks in the basement.  There were evacuations of those in the area of Drake and Talmage.  Resources were moving from South of Talmage to east to Drake.  All-in-all, it was reported about 100 people were evacuated and half of the town’s residents were without power, which constituted around 3,000 customers.

The Union County Neptune Task Force was called in to do structure protection.  Two additional Task Forces were created within Region 5, Somerset County Task Force 1 that were working out of the command post at the Old Toys-R-Us location and Task Force 2 out of Whole Foods.

At one time, communications on their radio system (6 regions. 6 Ops channels), that their Radio Coordinator responded to reorganize the channels.  It was overloading their system and they worked tirelessly to avoid it from crashing from so much fire traffic.

There were reports of rail cars on fire but were quickly extinguished.  There was no NJ Transit in service but Conrail would place trains back in active motion.  A broadcast over Fire Channels warned firefighters to have their situational awareness on when it comes to trains moving again.

Reports of several homes and multiple buildings, including a second apartment complex across the street on East Main burned to the ground.  A few buildings were reported they collapsed in the area as well.  A collapse zone was established to keep people and firefighters out of the danger zone.

There was one minor injury reported: a firefighter ankle.

There was no preliminary cause released by Somerset County Fire and EMS’ Fire Investigator.

Another update will be released today when more information is known.

Thank you to the many firefighters and those who supported them on this difficult and dangerous fire. 

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/13/2020 0840 EST/ 0540 PST

 

LODD | NJ Officer Killed in the Line-of-Duty in City Shootout

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Two armed suspects were said to have targeted and stormed into a Jewish market in the afternoon on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  The call was recorded as an assault call that was dispatched at 1712 hours.

The scene would play out in the middle of a neighborhood on  Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bayview Avenue , turning the busy shopping day into a horrific crime scene.

CASUALITIES

The active shooter scene would quickly escalate to two shooters barricading themselves inside a grocery story, where they exchanged a high volume of gunfire with Police.  One Jersey City (plainclothes) Detective was shot and killed, along with three other innocent bystanders.  Two Officers were also hit, one in the shoulder and the other had an unknown conditon, but both were expected to be okay.

THE UGLY TRUTH

A story of this magnitude could easily be a scene in an action-packed movie but today was as real as it gets and Police Officers put their lives on the line to say others who may have been in the crossfire.  Media and other peoples were told to evacuate the area foro their safety.

The two murderers were found inside the market both killed dead.

“Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the country and it is a place of love and inclusivity – its a special place. As a city, we’ve overcome challenges before and we will do it here as well.” – Mayor Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop)

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Courtesy of Jersey Edgewater PD.

REMEMBERING THEIR LEGACIES

A Hero In Action

Detective Joseph Seals, 40, was great husband to wife and happy dad to five wonderful children.   He is being remembered for being a great cop and he was being remembered for removing a lot of guns off the street.

He is being hailed as a Hero along with many of his fellow Officers who put their lives on the line.

The Innocents

Three innocent bystanders were also killed today. Two of them were said to be Jewish Americans and religious leaders are looking to coordinate with the City and other partners to provide religious burials for them.

We must remember their Legacies and their ultimate sacrifices given.

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We are saddened by the bloodshed, the violent shootout and the people who lost their lives unnecessarily on this day. We send our sincerest sympathies to the families, the blue family, friends and communities that have been impacted by the hatred and violence that have taken so much.

We stand with the Blue Family. We must be there for each other, regardless of our political affilitation, political views, race, gender, sexual preference, disability and everything else in between.  We are all human and we must stand together for what is right and help make the change the world commands us to do. – Ed.

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RESOURCES

Fast Backup

During the active shooter incident, resources came from all over the City and nearby jurisdictions, including the NYPD.  State Police pulled resources froom their K9 unit, Bomb unit, Marine Services, Aviation, Field Operations, Central Security, Trafficking Division, Emergency Response Bureau and from Governor Murphy and came together as mutual aid with the Jersey Police Department. At one time durinig the incident, the FBI is and was still on-scene as this post is being created.

MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY

First Responders

First responders, this was one of the bad scenes you had to lay witness to. It is not a weakness by reaching out to talk to someone or even get your through this incident and possibility others.  Call Safe Call Now, a national recognized non-profit specializing ini the mental health care of first responders, including those in the Fire Service, Law Enforcement and Communiciations, as well as for their families.

Contact Info:  @safecallnoworg (Twitter).  Phone:  #206-459-3020.  Website: http://www.safecallnow.org

General Public

Are you feeling suicidal or just need someone to walk you through how to get the help you need to get you through the craziness in this world?  Your life matters and we are here to provide the resources available to you.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:   #800-273-8255.

Are you in a domestic violence situation and having a hard time getting the assistance you need to exit this abusive relationship or marriage?

Domestic Violence Assistance:  #800-799-7233 (SAFE).

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/10/2019 – 2145 hours PDT

 

FDA PRODUCT RECALL: Mars Theater Chocolate due to Undeclared Peanut Butter

Contact
Consumer:
1-800-627-7852

Media:
1-973-691-3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2014 – Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

See Website for Lot #s:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm415490.htm

Outside carton label, Milk Chocolate M&M's 3.40 oz

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information.

People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box contains an inner M&Ms Brand Peanut Butter bag and they consume the product.  No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

iOutside carton image of side panel label -- Milk Chocolate M&M’s 3.40 oz

The issue was identified after a consumer notifed us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box.

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Potential inside package -label - Peanut Butter M&M's 3.20 oz

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Source: FDA.gov

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