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Ridgewood volunteer firefighter snuffs garage blaze

Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A quick-moving Ridgewood volunteer firefighter prevented flames from spreading this morning after he spotted smoke coming from a garage and snuffed the blaze with a garden hose.

The culprit: a disposed cigarette butt.

Jeffrey Creegan was driving down Grove Street when he spotted smoke coming from the detached, single-car garage located at the corner of Eastside Avenue.

Stopping his pickup, Creegan (above, left) called in the fire, ran into a nearby yard, grabbed the hose and went to work.

A contingent of firefighters, led by Chief James Van Goor, arrived moments later. They ventilated the structure with high-velocity fans and used thermal imaging devices to make sure the flames hadn’t spread.

STORY / PHOTOS: Boyd A. Loving

Ridgewood Fire Chief James Van Goor and Police Officer Shayne James interview homeowner (STORY / PHOTOS: Boyd A. Loving)

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