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Christmas Fire destroys Powder Mill Home

Mayor-elect Michael Soriano confirmed that there were no occupants inside the structure

PARSIPPANY — The Parsippany Police Department Communications Center received a 911 call at 6:42 p.m. from Hoovers Tavern reporting some type of a large fire they could see through the woods on Powder Mill Road.

The occupants lost everything
The remains of the house fire on Christmas Night

Mount Tabor Fire Department, Par-Troy EMS and officers began responding to the area.

At 6:44 p.m. a second 911 caller reported the rear of 29 Southwood Drive was on fire and was not aware if any occupants were inside the residence.

Multiple officers, along with Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department District 1, Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire Department District 6, Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Department District 3, Lake Hiawatha Volunteer Fire Department District 4, Boonton Fire Department RIT, Cedar Knolls Fire Department RIT, Parsippany Rescue and Recovery, Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad and Par-Troy EMS responded to the scene.

Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department District 2 was used for coverage if any further assistance or emergency calls were received.

The remains of 29 Southwood Drive

Mayor-elect Michael Soriano confirmed that there were no occupants inside the structure. “They are safe,” Soriano said. “They were not inside. We were very worried, and very happy when we saw them.” He said they will be staying with relatives.

Tax records list the owners of the home, at 29 Southwood Drive, as Roger Anderson, 82, and Geneva Anderson, 77. They were the only people living at that address, according to Soriano.

While attempting to extinguish the fire, it was determined by on scene fire personnel that the structure was collapsing and was unsafe to enter.

A construction company was contacted and the house was demolished.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished and all personnel departed the scene by Tuesday, December 26 at 1:20 a.m.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Investigator Detective M. Czajka and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office CID unit responded to the scene to process the scene and investigate the cause of the fire.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Volunteer Fire Department 6 Chief Scott Serrecchia on the scene.

One firefighter was transported to Saint Clares Hospital by Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad after falling on some ice and injuring his leg.

The occupants are currently staying with family. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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