At about 7 p.m. on Saturday, JTFD1 was dispatched for a brush fire at Ackerson field and found the fire was actually located within Sar’s Auto Wreckers located on Schoolhouse Road. Jefferson Twp. Fire Co. 1 and 2 and the Milton First Aid Squads initially responded for the second request after a working fire was confirmed, but the fire quickly spread to the vehicles and tires stored on the property.
Fire hydrants in the area could not keep up with the demand for water and tankers from surrounding towns were requested through the Morris County and Sussex County Fire Coordinators to set up water shuttles to fight the blaze.
Tankers and apparatus from 25 + different municipalities responded to assist in fighting the fire as well as the office of emergency management.
Firefighters, township officials, DPW, Police and many people from all over worked all night; and while the fire was under control by 8 a.m. on Sunday, a large pile of tires continued to burn. Fire operations were reduced at around 6 p.m. Sunday but the tires re-ignited at about 9 p.m. and tankers from surrounding towns had to be called back to the scene. Fire operations were finally completed at 5pm Monday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Many thanks to so many people who stopped by the firehouse to give food, drinks and many misc items to assist all the firefighters as well as Ladies Auxiliary from Co1 and 2 as well as the mutual aid. People, have helped in so many ways - Thank you