Summit Fire Department Blotter


On 04/16/2017 at 13:10 hrs. FD dispatched 135 BELLEVUE AVENUE residence for a reported brush with extension to a back yard fence.  The homeowner had extinguished the fire using a garden hose prior to FD arrival.  Fire personnel provided overhaul and wet down the affected area.  The homeowner had reported using an outdoor fire pit the night before and discarded the ashes in the back of the property adjacent to the fence.  Two small sections of fence measuring approximately 6 feet by 4 feet were affected.

On 04/16/2017 at 15:14hrs. FD dispatched to a PROSPECT STREET  non-profit for medical assistance to EMS crew.  FD assisted Summit EMS with patient packaging to the ambulance.

On 04/17/2017 at 13:05 hr. FD dispatched To ROUTE 78 WESTBOUND MM 47.0 for a MVA with injuries.  On arrival NJSP and Springfield FD on the scene with a vehicle that was in a MVA in which the other vehicle had left the area. Summit FD released Springfield FD and assisted the Summit FAS with patient transportation.  Summit FD remained on the scene until released by NJSP.

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On 04/17/2017 at 20:48 hrs.  Summit FD was dispatched to an AUBREY STREET residence for a report of  smoke coming from a rear room.   Millburn FD was also dispatched on automatic aid.  On arrival investigation found that a washing machine in the ground floor apartment had malfunctioned.  Millburn FD was cancelled and Summit FD removed the appliance from the residence and informed the tenant that the machine needed to be repaired or replaced.  While on location FD supplied and installed 4 extended battery operated smoke detectors.  Before command was terminated the rear utility room was checked for a possible gas odor which was not found.

On 04/18/2017 at 09:35 hrs.  Fire Prevention personnel were  conducting a Fire Protection Inspection of a natural gas-fire water heater replacement at a New England Avenue Condo complex, when  a strong odor of natural gas was noticed.  Notification was made for a fire emergency response from PSE&G and Summit Fire.  Engine 2 responded and ventilated the area. A leaking gas cock to the furnace was found and the gas was shut off at the meter by PSE&G until repairs were made.

On 04/18/2017 at 14:15 hrs. FD Responded with SFAS to Rt. 78 as a safety block for their medical call.  FD also provided manpower with lifting the patient into the ambulance.  FD followed the ambulance to Overlook Hospital and assisted with getting the patient out of the ambulance.   

On 04/18/2017 at 15:26 hrs. FD dispatched to a SPRINGFIELD AVENUE  business to assist SPD with gaining access to the roof of this building to recover possible evidence.


On 04/19/2017 at 15:42 hrs. FD responded to a MORRIS AVENUE restaurant for an activated fire alarm. On arrival the occupants reported a grease fire in the kitchen.  Upon investigation FD found that the hood system had activated, and extinguished the fire.  FD checked for extension in the roof exhaust, with negative extension found.  A Signal 10 was transmitted for station coverage. The cook was observed to have a burn injury, and Summit EMS was requested to respond.   Board of Health and PSEG were requested to the scene.  PSEG arrived and secured gas service.  Board of Health arrived and advised owner to make repairs to cooking appliances.   FD also advised owner to make repairs to suppression system.   Business owner advised he could not reopen until all repairs were made and inspected.

On 04/21/2017 at 08:51 hrs.  FD dispatched to  BANK STREET to assist the Summit Police with removing a bicycle lock.  On arrival Summit PD verified the ownership of the bicycle before FD cut the lock.

On 04/22/2017 at 02:43hrs FD dispatched to the area  of 185 BROAD STREET for a report of smoke in the area.  On arrival steam was found coming from vent on Bakery building.  

On 04/22/2017 at 17:34 hrs.  FD dispatched to the intersection of  SPRINGFIELD AVENUE and BROAD STREET for a motor vehicle accident with no injuries. On arrival FD found a vehicle had gone over the curb of the island between the Rt. 24 access ramps and taken out a street light pole.  The driver was checked by SFAS.  FD used absorbent on a minor fluid spill from the vehicle.  FD also removed the downed light pole from the road so SPD could open the ramp.  Dispatch notified DOT to respond out to take care of the light pole.  AGK towed the vehicle and cleaned the roadway.

On 04/23/2017at 20:50 hrs. FD responded to a SPRINGFIELD AVENUE business on a verbal report of a possible electrical condition on the second floor of the building . On arrival FD found light fixtures flashing on and off on the second floor. Dispatch was notified to have a building representative respond to the scene but no contact made.  FD personnel forced entry to Suite 200 and found a malfunctioning dimmer switch and light fixtures.  FD removed the switches and covered the wires.  A “While You Were Out” form was left.  FD personnel were able to reach the business owner prior to leaving and informed him of FD actions. The business owner was advised to contact an electrician to have repairs made.

On 04/24/2017 at 14:38 hrs. FD was dispatched to the area of 340 SPRINGFIELD AVENUE for a reported car verses pedestrian. On arrival fire personnel conducted initial patient assessment until the Summit First Aid Squad arrived and care was released to squad.  Summit Police were on scene assisting and conducting investigation.  FD secured area and assisted squad as needed.

On 04/24/2017 at 21:34 hrs. FD was dispatched to a GLENSIDE AVENUE residence on a medical back up call.    FD assisted Summit EMS with patient packaging.  Medics were also on scene.   FD remained on scene until patient transported.

On 04/26/2017 at 07:00 hrs. FD was dispatched To PINE GROVE AVENUE & SPRINGFIELD AVNUE for a report of a wire down in the area.  On arrival investigation found a derelict Com Cast service hanging from the pole.  FD secured the wire and advised dispatch to notify Com-Cast

On 04/26/2017 at 07:23hrs. FD was dispatched to a SPRINGFIELD AVENUE residence to investigate a tree on wires.  On arrival investigation found that a tree on the residents’ property fell across the service lines. The resident was waiting for a tree service to respond. JCP&L, Comcast and Verizon notified to repair any damaged service.   Pole # JC46ST.

On 04/27/2017 at 14:57 hrs. FD dispatched to the area of 417 MORRIS AVENUE for a reported motor vehicle accident with injuries and air bag deployment.  Upon arrival found a 1 car MVA with the driver outside of the vehicle.  Summit EMS arrived at the same time and handled patient car.  The steering wheel air bag had deployed, but no obvious signs of a collision were observed.  The battery was disconnected as a precaution, and the owner was advised of FD actions.

On 04/28/2017 at 19:45 hrs.  FD was dispatched to a MORRIS AVENUE residence for a report of a 2 year old child who was stuck between the cross supports underneath the legs of a kitchen chair.  On arrival FD personnel removed one of the wooden cross supports of the chair and the child was safely removed.  The child did not require medical attention.  

On 04/29/2017 at 11:13 hrs.  FD dispatched  to a BEAUVOIR AVENUE Medical Center  on an activated fire alarm. While en route FD was advised by dispatch that there was confirmed smoke on the 5th floor. A signal 10 was transmitted and Millburn FD was requested to the scene due to the fact that Engine 2 was en route to a confirmed car fire. On arrival command was established and security informed Command that the smoke was in the dental wing. FD investigated and observed a light to moderate smoke condition in the dental area and an odor of burning. Overlook Engineering was on scene and awaiting HVAC.  Millburn Engine 5-2 arrived on scene and the Captain was assigned interior and worked with the Engine 3 driver and the Overlook Staff to determine the cause. Fire Headquarters advised command that there was sufficient personnel for a company, the Truck was then requested to respond and set up to gain access to the area directly above the dental area and also the roof adjacent to the dental area. Once Truck 1 was set up BC Locke was assigned the roof division. They checked all appliances on the roof and found no cause. Engine 2 terminated command from the car fire and reported to fire headquarters to cover the city. An Engine from Berkley Heights also responded to cover fire headquarters. All interior searches were negative for the cause. The decision was made to reset the fire alarm which would bring all air handling units back on line. Once this was done the burning odor returned and the source was located. The source was an overheated/seized motor adjacent to the dental area. The power to the effected motor was secured and Overlook was in the process of repairs. Berkley Heights was released from the cover assignment and command was terminated. All units were available and returning.

On 04/29/2017 at 11:15hrs. FD was dispatched to  SUMMIT AVENUE & FRANKLIN PLACE for a report of a motor vehicle fire. On arrival found a vehicle with a fire in the engine compartment that involved the air cleaner and cooling equipment.  FD extinguished the fire using a pressurized 2 1/2 gallon foam extinguisher to extinguish the fire. FD made sure vehicle operator was not hurt and released scene to Summit PD.  FD cleared scene to respond to a reported smoke in structure on BEAUVOIR AVENUE.

On 04/29/2017 at 16:14hrs. FD was dispatched to RIVER ROAD & IRIS ROAD for a report of a tree across the road.  On arrival Summit Police on the scene of a large tree that had fallen across River Rd.  FD cleared the road to make it passable until Union County DPW arrived to remove the tree.

On 04/29/2017 at 17:42hrs. FD dispatched to MORRIS AVENUE residence for a report of a tree that fell onto the house and cars. On arrival investigation found that a large tree had fallen from the adjacent property and damaged the siding on the house and damaged both vehicles..  FD cut and removed the limb from the vehicles and notified the owner of the adjacent house to respond. An owner’s representative responded and assessed the damage to the property and vehicles.    

On 04/30/17 at 18:53 hrs. FD responded to CONSTANTINE PLACE apartment complex for a report of a person who had fallen down a flight of stairs.   FD arrived and began to treat patient.  FD stabilized patient and waited for transport by Summit squad.   Upon arrival of squad patient was transported to hospital.


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