Updates from Scotch Plains Office of Emergency Management

Credits: Scotch Plains OEM
Car fire in Scotch Plains on Saturday. The driver was able to walk away from the scene. Credits: Tom Kranz
Fire Department requests that residents help dig out fire hydrants. Credits: OEM

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Dept strongly urges residents do not attempt to drive on the roads tonight. SPPD reports multiple struck and stranded cars along many roads that are blocking snow removal operations.

If you drive tonight and get stuck, get to safety or call 911 to get you to a safe place. However, your car will be put on a list for removal. Tow trucks may not be able to reach your car for an extended period of time.

The Scotch Plains Fire Department asks residents to help by digging out fire hydrants on or near their properties.

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"Please remove snow from the street to the hydrant and three feet around," the Office of Emergence Management requests. "Clearing hydrants same precious minutes in a fire."

On Saturday afternoon, a Scotch Plains man's car caught fire while he was stuck in the snow. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and Fanwood Rescue Squad responded.

"The man didn't need to go to the hospital, so we took him three blocks to his home," reports Tom Kranz, a longtime member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad. "Then our ambulance got stuck in the snow for over an hour. Thanks to Scotch Plains PD for pulling us free!"

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