Friday, November 2, 2012
West Caldwell fire officials say no one hurt as van burns near Bloomfield Avenue Thursday night.
A transformer fell on a parked van during Hurricane Sandy and when power was restored to the transformer Thursday night, it blew and the van caught fire, West Caldwell fire officials said. The van fire was at the rear of 585 Bloomfield Avenue, near the Atrium Apartments. No one was injured but the fire could not be put out for two hours until Public Service Electric & Gas arrived to shut down the wires, said Fire Chief Jim Alvine. At the same time the van was burning, a wire on Melrose Place that had fallen during the storm also set the street on fire when power was restored to that area. Both fires were extinguished and no one was injured, but a section of Bloomfield Avenue had to be closed temporarily while fire and police officials …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A man from Caldwell fell 20 feet in North Caldwell Monday trying to secure a construction project.
A construction worker fell off a second-story roof in North Caldwell Monday while trying to secure a project from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. Police say a 44-year-old man from Caldwell has been transported to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson after he slipped and fell about 20 feet. The man was working to secure a construction project at his client's home on Cambridge Road. The accident happened at about 3 p.m. during wet and windy conditions. But Police Chief Mark Deuer said it is believed the man slipped and was not blown off the roof. His injuries are not life-threatening, Deuer said.
Widespread loss of power and flooded polling sites are a possibility as Hurricane Sandy threatens state.
Hurricane Sandy could leave polling sites without power on Election Day with utility companies reporting it may take a week or more to restore widespread outages. With the storm just beginning to hit northern New Jersey, Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin said Monday the question of whether voting will be affected by Sandy has weighed heavily on his mind. Durkin said in a worst-case scenario where there is a widespread loss of power and flooded polling sites, the state legislature would decide what action to take. “If there is an issue with power,” Durkin said, “it is the New Jersey Legislature that decides on the alternatives as far as what we do." Both PSE&G and JCP&L, which provide millions of residents with electricity, report it could …