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Cudahy Fire Department - MABAS Box Alarm - Fatal Fire - 3748 Mallory Avenue - February 26th, 2015 : One killed in Cudahy house fire

By Katie Crowther. CREATED 4:11 PM - UPDATED: 10:14 PM

CUDAHY -- One man is dead following a house fire in Cudahy. The home is on the 3700 block of East Mallory Avenue, near Kirkwood.

Crews got the emergency call around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home. Once inside, they found a middle-aged man dead in a front room.

According to neighbors, two brothers live in the home. One of the brothers was outside shoveling snow when the fire started. The other, who was inside, never made it out.

“I was told he was lighting a candle, when the flame spread and set the house on fire,” says Susan Lahr, who lives across the street and called 911. “I can’t even look outside my window without crying. That family didn’t deserve this. They are good people.”

Another neighbor took cell phone video. It shows the intense flames.

“I heard a boom, then saw smoke coming from the house,” says Barbara Lierman. “As I was recording, I was just hoping and praying that everybody got out of that house. It’s very sad to learn that isn’t the case.”

Investigators say the fire was accidental, but they have not released the exact cause. They’re also looking into whether smoke detectors were working.

In addition to Cudahy Fire, about ten other local departments were called to the scene, including Oak Creek, Greenfield, St. Francis & Milwaukee. Crews battled the blaze in the bitter cold, keeping a close eye on the water supply, so it didn’t freeze.  

The identification of the man who died has not yet been released.

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Englewood NJ 2nd alarm, 116 Humphrey St. 02-22-15 : At just after 23:00 hours on Sunday February 22nd, 2015, Englewood Fire Dept responded to 116 Humphrey St for a reported house fire with possible entrapment.  On arrival companies encountered heavy fire showing from the 2nd floor and attic of a 2-1/2 story frame dwelling and immediately called for a 2nd alarm which brought an engine from Teaneck, a ladder from Hackensack and a FAST team from Tenafly, additional mutual aid companies responded to fire headquarters for cover.  An aggressive interior attack with 2 hand lines had the main body of fire knocked down in 15 minutes and after extensive overhaul, the fire was placed under control at 00:20 hours.  No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

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Orange NJ fatal 4th alarm, 197 Central Pl. 02-20-15 : At just around 20:35 hours on Friday February 20th, 2015 the Orange NJ Fire Dept responded for a reported house fire at 197 Central Pl. on arrival companies encountered a heavy fire condition on the 1st and 2nd floors of the 2-1/2 story home with people trapped and several jumping out windows with burns in the rear and an urgent 2nd alarm was requested.  Fire was already extending into the homes on both sides as companies made a very aggressive push into the building in an attempt to conduct searches as conditions rapidly deteriorated.  A 3rd alarm was requested and command was forced to evacuate the building and order defensive operations.  In brutal conditions with temperatures in the single digits and with wind chill factors below zero, companies worked to protect the exposures and knock down the fire in the original fire building so that they could re-enter it.  A 4th alarm was requested as companies using 1 ladder pipe, 1 deck gun and numerous hand lines started darkening down the heavy fire and all visible fire in the exposures.  By 22:50, firefighters were able to re-enter the building to conduct a search and work on overhaul, sadly the bodies of a 1 one year old boy and a 6 year old girl were soon located.  No firefighter injuries were reported and the fire was placed under control at around 23:30 but companies remained on the scene through out the night, the original building was a total loss however both exposures were saved although suffering fire damage.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Passaic NJ 2nd alarm, 303 Oak St, 02-22-15 : At just after 13:00 hours on Sunday February 22nd, 2015, Passaic Fire Dept responded to 303 Oak St for a reported fire.  On arrival companies found heavy smoke showing due to a working fire in the basement.  As engine companies stretched lines into the basement, L-2 located and removed 2 occupants who were transported to the hospital. With a heavy fire condition in the basement, additional hand lines were advanced to the upper floors as companies opened up and checked for extension. With little headway being made in the basement and with companies reporting that the 1st floor appeared to be compromised, command ordered all companies to evacuate and an exterior attack was commenced.  PSE&G was requested with a rush due to the fire on the 1st floor being gas fed.  With all visible fire knocked down and the utilities secured, companies re-entered the building for extensive overhaul and final extinguishment.  1 firefighter was transported to the hospital with a minor leg injury and the fire was under control at just around 14:30. Mutual aid from Paterson, Clifton, Wallington, Carlstadt and East Rutherford assisted at the scene while additional mutual aid covered the empty city firehouses.

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Clifton NJ 2nd alarm, 36 Miller Plaza, 02-22-15 : At just around 14:00 hours on Sunday February 22nd, 2015, Clifton Fire Alarm dispatched units to the area of 36 Miller Plaza for a reported working garage fire. While enroute companies reported a heavy smoke condition in the area and upon arrival of E-5, they reported a working fire in an attached garage of a 1 story ranch style dwelling. With heavy fire venting from the garage, extending into the home and treatening the Delta exposure and with explosions occuring in the garage, believed to be from propane cylinders, E-5 hit the fire with their deck gun to darken it down.  T-2 arrived and initiated a primary search however they quickly needed to abandon the search and all members were evacuated from the building as conditions rapidly deteriorated and no water supply was yet established due to an inoperative hydrant.  A 2nd alarm was requested as the home became heavily involved bringing all Clifton companies, a Nutley truck company as the fast team and a rescue from Elmwood Park, additional mutual aid was called into the city for cover.  The fire was placed under control just before 16:00, no injuries were reported however the home was a total loss as well as a car in the garage and one in the driveway.

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