Newark Authorities Investigate Equipment Stolen From Fire Truck During Five-Alarm Blaze
Victoria St. Martin/The Star-Ledger
Newark blaze destroys 1 house, damages 6 others
NEWARK ó As authorities continue to investigate the cause of a five-alarm blaze in Newark, investigators are searching also for equipment that disappeared from a fire truck, as well as a fire hydrant that was missing from its spot on the street, officials said today.
Fire department spokesman John Brown said the departmentís rescue squad filed a police report Wednesday for two radios and tools that went missing sometime during the raging blaze, which damaged seven homes on South 20th and Ferdinand streets in the cityís West Ward.
The Wednesday afternoon fire took two hours to get under control, destroyed three buildings and sent 20 firefighters to the hospital for heat exhaustion and minor injuries, Brown said. One firefighter remained in University Hospital for observation today, said David Giordano, the cityís fire director.
The rescue squad noticed handheld radios, a hydrant wrench and a Halligan tool, which firefighters use to pry open doors and floors, were not on the fire truck shortly after the blaze was under control, Brown said. In addition to missing equipment, Brown said a fire hydrant was missing from the corner of South 20th Street and 13th Avenue, just a block from the blaze.
"A hole is where it used to be," he said.
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08-12-2010, 09:35 PM #1
Equipment Stolen From Fire Truck During Five-Alarm Blaze
08-13-2010, 12:53 AM #2
A hydrant. There is nothing but a hole there.... Wow.
08-13-2010, 06:27 AM #3
Wouldn't removing a hydrant also remove the valve that closes the water??Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
08-13-2010, 07:05 AM #4
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08-13-2010, 10:47 AM #5
Maybe they are starting up their on department and needed a few things!!
How do you steal a frigging fire hydrant anyway? They had to be several people taking that sucker away as heavy as they are.
The hand heald radios should have been secured better and or being worn by the members!Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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08-13-2010, 10:50 AM #6
IT is Newark after all. They would steal the sidewalks if they could sell them.
08-14-2010, 10:43 AM #7
Dry hydrant barrel can be carried by a couple guys. But it IS kinda obvious. just another sign of the "modern" times,NOTHING is Sacred. Hope they catch the little pukes. T.C.
08-14-2010, 03:40 PM #8
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If your were the average citizen walking down the street and you saw (non public works) people removing a hydrant wouldn't you be a little suspicious?
08-14-2010, 04:12 PM #9
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08-14-2010, 04:18 PM #10
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08-14-2010, 04:55 PM #11
If it is not nailed, chained and cemented down, they will steal it.
Irvington (next door to Newark) had a house explode because some disenfranchised individuals stole the gas pipes out of the building.I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
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