BOONTON, NJ -- The Montville and Pine Brook Volunteer Fire Departments assisted with a multi-alarm fire at 207-209 William St. just after 10 p.m. Friday night. The fully involved fire resulted in the injury of one resident but no fatalities.

The fire started on the back porch of one of the homes and quickly spread to the adjacent house, Boonton Fire Department wrote on social media. A resident was transported by the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad due to unspecified injuries at the June 26 fire, while Montville Township’s First Aid Squad stood by on-scene.

Montville Fire Dept. Chief Jim Longobardi said his department sent a ladder truck which worked outside in the backyard and inside the house conducting suppression operations, as did PIne Brook firefighters.

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According to Boonton Fire, also on-scene were:

  • Boonton Township Fire Department 

  • Denville Fire Department 

  • Denville Rescue Squad 

  • Morris County Fire Coordinators 

  • Morris Plains Fire Department 

  • Mountain Lakes Fire Department 

  • Par-Troy Volunteer Ambulance Squad 

  • Parsippany District 1 (Mount Tabor) 

  • Parsippany District 4 (Lake Hiawatha) 

  • Parsippany District 5 

  • Parsippany District 6 

  • Rockaway Boro Fire Department 

Senator Anthony M. Bucco commented, “Great job, Boonton Fire Department and all the mutual aid companies and first responders that arrived to provide assistance. We sometimes forget how lucky we are to have such brave volunteers and that they are only a phone call away!”

“The bravery shown by the firefighters last night was nothing short of incredible,” Boonton resident Adriane Selesky-Eoga said. “As I stood and watched for just a few minutes, I prayed for their safety -- especially the firefighters on the roof -- and the safety of everyone involved. I saw the Ladies’ Auxiliary with cases of water and true concern in their eyes. The out-of-town squads were quickly in action, eager to help.  

“The almost instant outpouring of concern for the residents is what our community is about. Our people are asking ‘How can we help’?

“We feel such gratitude for all of you. I am truly in awe of the bravery and the sense of community I saw in the few minutes that I was near the scene.”

Boonton Fire Chief David Kaplan was also happy for the teamwork.

“We are so appreciative of the training and dedication that our members and our mutual aid bring each time they are called,” he said. “Last night was a great example of how this volunteer team works together for a successful outcome. In addition, thank you to the Boonton Police and our BFD Ladies Auxiliary for their support.”

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