On Sunday, June 19, at around 6 p.m., West Milford Fire Companies 1 and 4 were dispatched to 32 McCormick Road in West Milford for a reported garage fire.
According to an announcement by Fire Company 4, the first arriving units found a 2.5-story detached garage fully involved and confirmed a working fire. The West Milford Fire Department Tanker Task Force, along with Bloomingdale Fire Department and West Milford First Aid Squad were then called to the scene. According to the West Milford Fire Marshal’s Office, multiple hose lines were deployed to protect the main house on the property.
A neighbor’s pond a short distance away was used as a draft site. Fire department tankers then established a tanker relay and a secondary water source. The N.J. Forest Fire unit also responded, due to the fire’s encroachment to the woods nearby.
All units dispatched were able to clear the scene at around 10 p.m. The Fire Marshal’s Office said the structure was a “total loss” and an “extensive overhaul was performed.” The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the West Milford Fire Marshal’s Office.