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Fire Rips Through Lackawanna Trail Home

No injuries in residential blaze that occurred early Wednesday morning.

A fire is under investigation that tore through an unoccupied Lackawanna Trail home early Wednesday morning, Fire Chief Wade Crowley said.

Crowley said the borough's fire department, police department and detectives bureau all responded to an initial call at around 5:40 a.m. The fire had been burning for a while before they got there, he said.

He said the firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze by 7 a.m., and stayed at the scene clearing debris until about 8:30 a.m.

Crowley said the homeowners were not at the residence at the time of the fire and no one sustained any injuries.

One of the homeowners was staying down the street from his Lackwanna Trail home, but came to the scene Crowley said.

Crowley said the homeowner was taken to the hospital shortly after, but for an unrelated issue.

In addition to Hopatcong, six other fire departments responded including Mt. Arlington, Roxbury, Netcong, Stanhope, Byram and Andover Township, according to Crowley.

Crowley said the police department is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

CkM November 07, 2012 at 05:30 PM
This is so unfortunate. My heart goes out to the homeowners. Perhaps this could have been avoided if the homeowners were home.. But no, they were probably were staying somewhere else because they DONT HAVE POWER... Thanks again Mayor Petillo and Bob Haffner... lets add one more casualty to the list of increasing hardships.
Karla November 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
This is why we need power people are so desperate to stay warm they are putting their lives at risk !! I'm on idalroy trail with 7 children and still have no power . I spoke to the fire department and this is the 7 th fire in 9 days !! Who is going to help these families rebuild ? Why hasn't anyone handed out pamphlets about how to use generators and fire safety ? My heart goes out to all the families who have lost their homes .
Jennifer Johnson November 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
*Stanhope
Jenn Williams November 08, 2012 at 07:14 AM
This was my fathers house, we both grew up in it. He had no power so he decided to stay with my aunt that night. I'm very grateful he did or else he may not be here. Thank you so much for your thoughts!
CkM November 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
@Jenn Wiiliams: so very sorry. if you or your dad needs anything please post here or on the Hopatcong FB page (the one the mayor hasn't updated since yesterday) and we can organize some help.
Stack November 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Ck1, how is this the mayors fault? Really? Have you seen the devastation around the state? How about this, stop blaming ppl for things out Of thier control. There are many other towns still without power and it doesn't look as though they will be getting it back anytime soon either.
joe November 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Pseg
joe November 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
We need power hopatcong has none stop with the lies Jcpl we need help up here3 weeks now lets go!
joe November 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
We need pseg they can get the job done
Tony Rosado November 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Stack don’t get upset at people who are ignorant (Ck1) when they have nothing good to say all they know how to do is blame others, or look to point the finger at others. It’s people like him that have turned this world into what it is today.

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