PARSIPPANY — A structure fire was reported at a single-family home
located at 125 Allentown Road at approximately 5:38 p.m. on Thursday, December 5.
Two juveniles located on the second floor of the residence were alerted to the fire after they smelled smoke, along with the fire alarms being activated. They were able to exit the house uninjured.
Upon arrival of responding officers, they observed fire and heavy smoke coming from the kitchen window. The juveniles advised officers that their cat may still be inside the residence.
Officers Kurza and Krol attempted to enter the residence, but could not safely do so due to the fire and a heavy smoke condition.
The mother was contacted by the juveniles and she responded back to her residence. Fire personnel were able to extinguished the fire, however the structure was deemed uninhabitable.
Accommodations were made by their insurance company to stay at a local hotel. While a contractor and officers were still on scene, the fire rekindled and fire personnel again responded and extinguished the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by Parsippany Police Department Det. M. Czajka, with assistance from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit.
We would like to thank the Parsippany-Troy Hills Fire Department, Lake Parsippany Fire Department, Par-Troy EMS, Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad and Parsippany Rescue and Recovery for their response and assistance.
We stress the importance of proper maintenance of fire, smoke, and Carbon monoxide alarms, which may include replacing the batteries, so they can quickly alert occupants of the possibility of unsafe conditions.