Family Homeless After Blaze Destroys Shenandoah Court House

No injuries reported after fire consumes home Saturday afternoon, police report.

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A blaze that destroyed a Shenandoah Court home Saturday afternoon is under investigation and has left a Washington Township family homeless.

Police received a call of a house fire at 3:01 p.m. Saturday when the homeowners of 7 Shenandoah Court came home to find smoke pouring from the home, Lt. Doug Compton said.

When police and first firefighters arrived on the scene, the second floor and roof of the structure was completely engulfed in flames, Compton said. There was no one home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

"When I got on scene both stories were burning and the fire was going right through the roof," said Fairmount Fire Chief Pat Avello. "It was a pretty nasty fire."

Avello said when the homeowners arrived at the house and opened the front door, they were met with floor-to-ceiling black smoke. It was estimated the fire had been burning for about an hour before the residents came home. It took about two and-a-half hours to completely knock down the blaze, Avello said. 

All three companies in the Washington Township Fire Department, Chester Volunteer Fire Department, Califon, Budd Lake and Flanders Fire Companies all responded to the scene, along with the Long Valley First Aid Squad and Morris County Office of Emergency Management.

One firefighter was taken to Morristown Medical Center as a precaution for a minor back strain. 

The home was uninhabitable after the blaze was knocked down after sunset. 

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

Community Kindness Club December 14, 2013 at 05:45 PM
PLease let us know what this family will need especially in this holiday season!
Moses Lonn December 14, 2013 at 08:33 PM
In a carefully choreographed back and fill ballet, 8 different companies were pulling water out of the South Branch for hours at the Middle Valley Road bridge. The volunteer fire companies around here are tremendous!
Sleepy Hollow December 14, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Ken Steffan We also noted firemen from Mendham , Lebanon Twp. and Far Hills pumping water out of the South Branch from the bridge in Middle Valley.
Tracy Tobin December 15, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Long hours of training and drills pay off when our town experiences a fire like this. Temperatures in the mid 20s, snow coming down, no fire hydrants in that area, water shuttle between the river and the fire scene. Our ALL VOLUNTEER Fire and First Aid companies responded and worked for hours on a day when a lot of us were staying home and watching the snow fall. Thank a volunteer the next time you see one. They are there for us every day of the year.
Sue Underwood December 19, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Has the cause of the fire been determined ?
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) December 19, 2013 at 09:54 AM
Sue! It's like you're sitting at the desk with us! We're writing an update this morning. Thanks, as always, for checking in!


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