Police & Fire

Roseland Avenue Closed, Power Out, after Transformer Fire

The Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, transformer fire on July 27, 2013. About 10:30 p.m. Credits: Carolyne Volpe Curley

Updated at 5:30 pm Sunday

CALDWELL, NJ - About 10:20 p.m., a transformer fire caused the shut down of Roseland Avenue in Caldwell. Power to the area also immediately went out and stayed off for almost an hour. The smoke went high into the sky and the hum of electricity could be heard.

While the fire burned in the street area in front of 178 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell, it would slightly die down and then burst up into flames; the sounds it made were similar to firecrackers being set off.

The Caldwell Fire Department and Caldwell Police both responded to the scene and allowed the fire to burn out before attending to the downed wires.  Reports came into West Essex TAP that a car had hit a utility pole, which caused the transformer to explode into flames, but that has not yet been confirmed with police.  

Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno commented to TAP , "The crash is still under investigation,  but I can report that there were no injuries sustained from the incident."

By midnight the area was cleared, and the road was re-opened. Public Service, Electric and Gas attended to the downed transformer.

At 12:15 a.m., while most power had been restored.

The Caldwell Fire Department was called back to the scene by PSE&G at 1:20 a.m. to further hose down an area of concern. 

Power was still out at at least one building, the Roseland Villas, nearest the scene of the accident at 1:40 a.m.

Roseland Avenue Transformer Fire ~ July 27, 2013
Credit: Liz Garetano

Residents reported to TAP that the power surge caused lights to flicker as far away as Cortlandt Street in Roseland and Central Avenue, Cedar Road and Prospect Street in Caldwell. 

178 Roseland Avenue, Caldwell  Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

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