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Severe Weather Causes Fire, Road Closures and Power Outages

By on Sep 2 2013.
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South Springfield Avenue & Evergreen Avenue Fire Map

South Springfield Avenue & Evergreen Avenue Fire Map

At around 1:50 p.m. on Labor Day, vicious thunder and lighting struck in Springfield.  Immediately after, reports came in of a downed power line and fire on South Springfield Avenue.  Multiple Springfield public safety departments responded and a recall was put out for additional firefighters and assistance through Union County mutual aid.

South Springfield Avenue & Evergreen Avenue Fire

South Springfield Avenue & Evergreen Avenue Fire

A fire was visible at the intersection of South Springfield Avenue and Evergreen Avenue.  Police vehicles cordoned off the area and closed off South Springfield Avenue at Hillside Avenue and Meisel Avenue.  Reports indicate the fire is in the vicinity of 527 South Springfield Avenue.  The Evergreen Deli and nearby apartments were evacuated.  There was also a report of a fire in a structure nearby that sources indicate was the Evergreen Deli itself. Drivers are being redirected away from the scene.

According to Jersey Central Power & Light, there are between 501 and 1500 customers without power.  Springfield public safety officials notified the power company and requested expedited service but JCP&L said that there could be a wait up to an hour.  It is unclear whether that is an hour wait for a response or for restoration, but it is unlikely restoration would be possible that quickly given the nature of the damage.  Almost 45 minutes after the report was sent to JCP&L, they arrived on scene.

At 2:34 p.m., fire officials said that the fire was under control.  Hillside, Cranford, and Union were among the units at the scene responding to the request for mutual aid.  At around 2:45 p.m., Hillside and Union were released and Cranford stood by at the Springfield firehouse.



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