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Explosion Leaves Crestwood Drive Home Uninhabitable

Firefighters extinguished blaze in basement after blast took out second-floor window Monday.

Two occupants in a Crestwood Drive home climbed down a ladder from a second-floor window after an explosion occurred in the home Monday morning, Madison's fire chief said.

The explosion filled the home with smoke and left it uninhabitable, Madison Fire Chief Lou DeRosa said. An exotic bird in the house also survived the explosion and was removed from the home.

The cause of the explosion, which blasted out a second-floor window and was called in around 8:45 a.m., is under investigation, he said. It does not appear to be suspicious, he said.

DeRosa said an explosion occurred at the same address during Tropical Storm Irene.

Firefighters forced through the locked front door and ran a hose to the basement to extinguish a fire there, Fire Chief Lou DeRosa said.

The residents climbed down a ladder that was run to a second-floor window by a neighbor or contractor, he said. No injuries were reported.

The Madison Electric Department and PSE&G shut off power and gas to the residence. Madison police and the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Chatham, Cedar Knolls, Florham Park and Morris Township fire departments responded to assist at the scene, DeRosa said.

Madison Station October 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
At the same address?! During a hurricane, both times?! Wow...
Madison Cyclist October 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Seriously. Whatever they do to prepare for a hurricane doesn't work.
The Good Guy October 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
This was a brand new house. The other house was knocked off it's foundation and deemed uninhabitable. It seems to me that PSEG has problems with the gas line under this house. I'm not happy due to it's proximity to my house.
Diane Higgins October 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
This is a wonderful, kind family who does not deserve this. Please keep them in your prayers...and to you Madison Cyclist, maybe you should install a filter for your insensitive comments.
The Good Guy October 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Look closely at the fourth picture past the blown out window... Jason is about to hack to death the emergency personnel...
Lucretia G. October 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Nick, that’s not Jason. It’s Michael Myers!
Thomas B October 29, 2012 at 09:09 PM
@Madison Cyclist...got something to say?
J October 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Please tell me that's just a Halloween decoration.
W October 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Very sad...they are great neighbors and friends....@Madison Cyclist seriously??? can u imagine if your family was displaced TWICE through no fault of your own? I really hope for your sake karma overlooks your weak attempt at wit.....

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