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Structure Fire Espanong Rd
Release Date: February 02, 2019

Jefferson Twp. Police Department

News Release



IR#:      2019-03382                


Date of Incident:    February 1, 2019               


Date of Release:       February 2, 2019            


Prepared by:  Sgt. Joseph Kratzel


Approved by:                                




On February 1, 2019 approximately 10:25, PO Coyle responded to 138C Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong to a reported structure fire. Upon PO Coyle?s arrival he reported smoke emitting from the residence.


PO Coyle, PO Wojtach, PO Saparito and Sgt. Gjelsvik entered the residence and determined the resident(s) were not present, except for a dog, which ran out the front door.  


Both Companies of Jefferson Township Fire Department responded and were able to extinguish the fire.  Jefferson Township Rescue Squad also responded.


Det. Sgt. Krater responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. His investigation found hot ash outside a window of the residence which may be the cause of the fire.  No one was injured and the owner?s dog was reunited with him.  A significant amount of damage was caused to the residence, making it inhabitable. 


Jefferson Township OEM assisted the resident with making temporary living arrangements.



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