MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Shortly before 7 a.m. on Monday, November 25, the Maplewood Fire Department responded to an alarm from the Avalon apartment building at 200 Boyden Avenue and requested mutual aid. Both the Millburn and Irvington Fire Departments dispatched units to the scene. Upon arrival, it was determined that the issue was not a working fire but a heavy gas leak that affected the third and fourth floors as well as the attic in the wing opposite the main entrance. In fact, one gentleman’s apartment had registered 100 parts per million and although he said he felt ok, he was evaluated by the rescue squad from University Hospital that was also on scene. The gas feed to those areas of the property was shut off to mitigate the situation.
Public Service Electric and Gas had a crew on scene searching for the source of the leak. Deputy Chief Brett Derewsky noted that although the gas was shut off to the affected floors, and the level of gas had subsided, it appeared to be rising again.
The firefighters will remain on scene until PSE&G locates the source of the leak and issues an all clear. When more information becomes available, the article will be updated. Additionally, Maplewood Police were on scene providing security and traffic control.