FANWOOD, NJ -- Just one day after being sworn in as a Fanwood Council member , Anthony Carter was quickly on the scene offering to help when the Fanwood Fire Department responded to a call near the corner of Midway Ave. and Farley Ave. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown. With the efforts of Chief John Piccola, Assistant Chief Dave Zawodniak and members of Fanwood's all-volunteer fire department, the blaze was contained to the basement of the home to minimize damage.

Fire companies from Cranford, Westfield, Springfield Scotch Plains, and North Plainfield were on the scene working, according to an alert by Breaking News Network (BNN). Chief Richard Trigo and the Fanwood Police Department also quickly responded to the scene and secured the area.

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The residents, Ralph and Barbara Anilo, were preparing to sit down for dinner when they noticed smoke emanating from the basement and immediately called 911. All of the residents, guests and family pets were safely evacuated from the home.

According to Mrs. Anilo, the house was built in 1914 and they are 4th generation residents of Fanwood. Her grandfather was born on Midway Place (now Stewart Place), and her relatives, the Rose family, are longstanding volunteers in Fanwood.

Councilman Carter offered assistance and thanked the responders for their selfless efforts. Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr remained in constant communication with the responders and offered assistance to the residents. 

"I'm new, I don't have the playbook. I want to learn the protocol," Councilman Carter said. "I thanked the responders who came to help." 

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