BOONTON TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, February 4th, at 2:15 p.m., the Boonton Township Fire Department received a dispatch to 22 Miller Drive for a reported Residential Structure Fire. Upon arrival, assistance from the Boonton Fire Department and Denville Fire Department was immediately requested, with Boonton providing an Engine and a Ladder.
Upon Patrol’s confirmation of a working fire, Chief 1 swiftly escalated the response by initiating the second alarm. This brought additional Parsippany Districts 2 and 4 Fire Departments units to the scene. Furthermore, a tanker task force was mobilized, drawing support from Kinnelon and Rockaway Township fire departments.
The intensity of the fire and its venting through the roof necessitated further reinforcement, leading to an additional alarm. This brought tankers from Mine Hill Fire Department, Mount Arlington Fire Department, West Milford Fire Department, Budd Lake Fire Department, and New Vernon Fire Department. Additional Engines were dispatched from the Parsippany District 5 Fire Department, Butler Fire Department, and Montville Fire Department.
Morris Plains Fire Department dispatched an air truck, with the Morris County Regional Fire Coordinator and Passaic County Fire Coordinator also present. Boonton EMS and Morris County Office of Emergency Management assisted throughout.
Despite an aggressive interior attack, the house was deemed uninhabitable, and it took approximately an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. Gratitude is extended to all mutual aid partners involved, with 16 fire companies from across Morris County collaborating to extinguish the fire.
While the house was not entirely lost and is rebuildable, the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Initially reported as a tractor fire beneath the attached deck, fortunately, no injuries were sustained, and all occupants evacuated safely.