RANDOLPH, NJ- A residential fire was discovered around 11:00 am Thursday morning on Deer Run Road in Shongum Lake. A neighbor walking by saw the fire and called 911.
It was a three-alarm fire, and Randolph Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by many neighboring towns. According to deputy fire chief Mike Vanadia, "Upon arrival of the first fire units, a working fire was confirmed and was upgraded to a 2nd alarm assignment for additional resources and manpower. Our 2nd Alarm brought resources from Denville, Dover, and Parsippany Fire Departments."
"Shortly after we upgraded to a 3rd alarm to bring some more manpower which came from Cedar Knolls, Morris Plains, Chester Fire departments to the scene as well as Morris Twp and Roxbury for Backfill assignments in our fire houses, according to Vanadia. These neighboring departments stand by in case of any other fire calls in town while we operate on scene of the fire.
The Fire was placed under control in less than an hour according to Vanadia.
Departments on scene operated for about 3 hours to complete what is referred to as overhaul (Check for hot spots to avoid any rekindles), and start an investigation. Additional units on scene included Morris County OEM and EMS, Atlantic EMS, Randolph Police Department, Morris County Haz Mat, Morris County Sheriffs Dept.
One firefighter from a mutual aid department was taken to a local hospital for evaluation as a precaution and released shortly after, and no other injuries were reported, as there was not anyone in the house when the fire began.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there was some suspicion it began with the pool heater.