CRANFORD - A fire engulfed a split-level home on the west end of the Boulevard in Kenilworth late Friday evening. The home was owned by the family of Cranford High School alumni and retired Union County Police Officer, Scott Pentz.

Luckily no one was home, but unfortunately the family's four rescue dogs, three rescue cats, and their African Grey Bird succumbed to the fire resulting in a total loss. Prior to retirement, Scott Pentz served as a Union County Police Department Detective for 30 years and served on the Kenilworth Borough Council. Post retirement, Scott has since become a Kenilworth Public Schools Substitute teacher and employee at the Garwood Home Depot.

His wife, Jeanine Pentz, has worked at Saint Barnabas Medical Center for the past 35 years, currently serves as the Vice President for the Kenilworth Health Board, and works with Animal Rescue. Of their three children, Brianne and her husband Bill recently married and residents of Union, Erin who works in the Union County Sheriff's Department, and Sean a recent college graduate were all David Brearley High School graduates and actively involved throughout the Borough.

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Any support you can give the family at this time is greatly appreciated, and you can donate to the GoFundMe set up for the Pentz family here.

Pentz Family House Fire Rebuilding Fund