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Wayne Post
  • Blaze strikes Newark home

  • Firefighters helped one person escape a village home after a serious fire broke out in the kitchen — the second such call in recent weeks.

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  • Firefighters helped one person escape a village home after a serious fire broke out in the kitchen — the second such call in recent weeks.
    Newark volunteer firefighters responded to a home at 121 Madison St. around 11 p.m. Friday, July 19, where a two-family home was on fire with smoke showing upon arrival, Public Information Officer Dick Colacino said. Newark police entered the building to help a resident escape from the second floor of the two-story home and were exiting the structure as firefighters arrived on scene, Colacino added.
    Under the direction of Chief David Greco, 35 firefighters had the fire under control within 30 minutes. The fire was confined to the second-floor apartment, but the entire home sustained water and smoke damage, Colacino said.
    Greco credits firefighters for their quick work to suppress the smoky fire without any injuries.
    The home is owned by Michelle Chelenza, and the fire has displaced three people. The American Red Cross was on scene to help the residents with their immediate needs, including providing shelter for the night.
    Wayne County fire investigators determined the cause of the fire was unattended cooking in the second-floor kitchen. Greco said this is the second serious kitchen fire recently, noting that they are much too frequent. Of the 157,000 home fires reported each year in the U.S., 42 percent are caused by cooking, Greco said. Cooking fires are also responsible for 38 percent of injuries and 15 percent of deaths each year, he added. The problem has prompted some countries to incorporate certain types of mitigation technology, Greco said. In Japan, some stoves must have temperature-regulating devices that cut power to the cooking surface if it approaches specified ignition temperatures. Similar code-driven requirements, supported by standardized testing, may appear in the U.S. in the future, he added.
    Firefighters were assisted at the scene by Arcadia EMS, the Wayne County Cascade Truck and the Lyons Fire Department Fast Team.
    Firefighters were called out again for a tree down blocking a highway immediately after the fire, Colacino said. Arcadia highway crews were later called in to remove the large tree.
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