Police & Fire

Chatham Street House Fire Extinguished; Family Dog 'Weasley' Saved

Chatham firefighters break window to release smoke from second-floor closet on Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township firefighters used ladder to break second-floor window Credits: TAP Chatham
Family dog "Weasley" was evacuated from the house fire on Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham firefighters use side window to expel water from hose Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Fire Chief Doug Allan talks to homeowner Caitlin Shadek Credits: TAP Chatham
Walter Nugent, Chatham Borough Fire Marshal Credits: TAP Chatham
Ladder was used to break second-floor window of home on Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Police Officer Roy George removed the family dog from the kitchen of the smoking house on Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Walter Nugent, Chatham Borough Fire Marshal, speaks with homeowner Caitlin Shadek about the fire at 109 Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham firefighters open a hole in the roof at 109 Chatham Street Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Both Chatham Township and Chatham Borough fire departments responded to a second-floor fire at 109 Chatham Street in the borough on Tuesday morning, where a family dog was rescued by police.

Homeowners Mark and Caitlin Shadek were both at work when the fire was reported by a neighbor. According to Caitlin Shadek, the Chatham couple's two young children were in daycare and only the Labrador/Husky mix "Weasley" was home. 

"No one was hurt and the fire is out," Doug Allan, Chatham Borough Fire Chief, said. "Now comes the investigation into what happened."

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Firefighters broke a second-floor window on the outside of what was described by the homeowner as a "walk-in closet," to let the smoke escape. A single fire hose was carried up the main staircase to extinguish the fire.

Chatham Borough Fire Marshal Walter Nugent and Chatham Borough Police Officer Roy George were the first to respond.

"We went around the back and the fire marshal forced in the door and we got the dog out of the kitchen," George said.

Chatham firefighters survey the scene from the roof of the Chatham Street home


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