Structure Fire 1-31-07


On January 31, at about 9:22 p.m., Company  4 responded to a house fire at 489 Macopin Rd.

Company 4's Asst. Chief Steve Pellington was first to arrive on scene and reported a working fire in a 2-story wood-frame, with a woman trapped on the second floor. Company 1's Chief Rick Poplaski was next to arrive and established command. 

Chief Pellington made entry to the smoke-filled home and found the woman in a second-floor bedroom, conscious and disoriented. Chief Pellington pulled the women out of bed and dragged her out to the front lawn, then administered breathing air from his SCBA until an oxygen unit was available. The woman reported that her husband was still somewhere in the house.

A secondary search of the first and second floors was conducted with negative results. The fire was contained to the basement, the basement did sustained heavy fire damage.

The second victim was found in the basement fatally injured as a result of the fire. The fire is currently under investigation by WMFD Fire Marshal Mike Woch and WMPD Sgt. Rich Fiorilla and the Passaic County prosecutors office..


Photos submitted by West Milford Fire Department photographer Raymond Shattuck

All photos copyright © 2007 Macopin Volunteer Fire Company

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