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2000 - 2009

January 26, 2000
Room and contents fire at 10 Woodside Road. Investigation by M.F.D. Captain Rhodes and the Morris County Prosecutors Office discovered that the fire was intentionally set. The tenant was later arrested for starting the fire.

February 23, 2000

"Its Official: Firefighters Hired."  Council agrees to hire 2 additional firefighters after year long debate.
March 23, 2000
A fire damaged the rear porch area of historic Mead Hall at Drew University. Assistance was provided by Florham Park and Morris Township Fire Departments.
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March 24, 2000
5 small intentional fires were set in a 2-day period at Drew University. 2 students were later charged with the crime.
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June 1, 2000
A call was received just after 3 a.m. reporting a house struck by lightning at 42 Woodland Road. Upon arrival the rear of the first floor was fully involved. Florham Park, Morris Township and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments assisted at the scene. The fire was extinguished quickly thereafter.
December 25, 2000
A call was received on Christmas night reporting a structure fire at Global Crossing Inc. at Giralda Farms. Upon arrival it was determined that the fire was actually a car fire in the underground parking garage. Green Village Fire Department assisted at the scene.
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February 11, 2001
A fire completely destroyed a work shop behind a residence on Chateau Thierry Avenue.
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April 13, 2001
An malicious fire was set to cars that were set for extrication drills located at the DPW yard. 
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February 14, 2002
An early evening fire caused damage to a dorm room at Drew University. The fire was contained to one room at Tolley Hall because of the sprinkler system activation. The fire was apparently started by careless smoking. There were no injuries reported.
May 8, 2002
Unattended cooking was the cause for a fire on 9 East Street which resulted in the loss of a 2nd floor apartment. The fire was quickly knocked down with assistance from the Cedar Knolls Fire Department.
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May 31, 2002
A Woodland Road house suffered extensive fire damage after a lighting strike caused a fire in the attic. The all-hands fire brought mutual aid from Florham Park, Morris Township, and Cedar Knolls to the scene.
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August 27, 2002
A birds nest in the flue of  the buildings generator caused a fire at 175 Park Avenue. The fire caused only minor damage.
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October 21, 2002
A late morning general alarm fire destroyed a century-old carriage house at a Forest Road home. The garage was a total loss although firefighters were able to contain the blaze from spreading to neighboring house and garage.
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December 11, 2002
A call was received into fire headquarters reporting a smoke condition at 8 Park Avenue. Upon arrival, engine 2 reported fire showing on the 2nd floor. The fire was quickly extinguished with assistance from the Chatham and Cedar Knolls F.D.'s. 
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January 5, 2003
An evening fire destroyed an apartment at 255 Main Street. Damage was confined to 4 apartments. All tenants were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The 2nd Alarm fire brought mutual aid from Chatham, Morris Township, Florham Park, and Cedar Knolls.
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February 6, 2003
A daytime fire severely damaged an apartment at 171 Main Street. The fire was caused by carless smoking. The tenant was transported to Morristown Memorial for smoke inhalation. The 2nd Alarm assignment fire brought mutual aid from Morris Township, Florham Park, and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments.
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June 30, 2003
Firefighter J. Longo was conducting a weekly inspection of Engine 3 when he reported to fire headquarters a heavy smoke condition in the area of Park Avenue and Cook Avenue. After further investigation a general alarm was requested for an apartment fire. The 2nd Alarm fire was quickly knocked down and damage was contained only to the fire apartment. Firefighter B. Tappen rescued a cat and is shown returning the feline to it's owner.
March 9, 2005
An evening basement fire caused severe damage to a home at 91 Pomeroy Road. Fire damage was confined to the finished basement, but major smoke and heat damage effected the first and 2nd floors. All the residents were out of the home and no injuries were reported. The 2 Alarm fire brought mutual aid from Florham Park, Morris Township, and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments.
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March 27, 2005
An early morning fire severely damaged a home at 49 Pomeroy Road. Arriving fire units found heavy fire in the rear of the home. The home sustained heavy fire and smoke damage to the 1st and 2nd floors. All of the occupants had exited the home safely and no injuries were reported. The fire was caused by a faulty heating appliance on the 1st floor. The 2 alarm fire brought mutual aid from the Florham Park, Morris Township, and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments.
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April 21, 2005
An accidental fire caused damage to a second floor apartment at 45 Main Street. The alarm was transmitted to fire headquarters via central station fire alarm. The fire damage was contained to the kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the apartment. The fire appears to have been started by storage too close to the hot water heater in the kitchen utility closet. All of the occupants escaped the apartment safely.
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October 30, 2008
On Thursday, August 13, 1903, workers and other people from the community pose for this photograph during the construction of the Central Avenue Firehouse. It would take more than a hundred years to reveal the significance of this photograph. In late October 2008, during the demolition of the firehouse, with much surprise, a time capsule was located in the building’s corner stone.The tin box contained about 50 items, including a horseshoe from the first horse, a key from the 1881 firehouse and perhaps one of the most coveted finds, four Indian pennies, dated 1881, 1882, 1900 and 1903 to mark important dates in the construction of the two firehouses. The coins are accompanied by a handwritten note signed by a Stewart Burk -- believed to have been the firehouse's resident caretaker -- asking the reader to use the pennies to "have a drink to his memory."

1903 Firehouse
1908 Firehouse
April 27, 2009
A Monday evening fire ripped through an Alexander Avenue home, destroying a roof that had been installed that day, fire officials said Tuesday. Fire companies battled the blaze for more than 3 hours, after the fire broke out around 6:15 p.m. on the 3rd floor of a single-family home. The 3rd alarm assignment borough firefighters from Florham Park, Morris Township, Cedar Knolls, Chatham Borough, Morris Plains and Green Village.
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June 8, 2009
An intentional 2nd alarm fire at 50 Main Street brought borough units from Florham Park, Chatham, Morris Township, and Cedar Knolls to the scene. The business owner was arrested by Madison Police on scene and was later convicted and sentenced to 12 years for the arson and other charges.
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