Budd Lake Assists Flanders at Oakwood Village

Flanders and Budd Lake firefighters were still in stations after clearing from two separate calls in their districts when calls came in for Oakwood Village Sunday night when lighting struck an apartment building, blowing out part of the outside wall by a child’s bedroom. Flanders firefighters quickly extinguished the fire with help from Budd Lake and other mutual aid companies. There were no injuries. Flanders Fire Chief Michael McDermott said firefighters were alerted shortly after 9 p.m. that there was a fire in Building 111 of Oakwood Village. Fire appeared to be coming up the side of the building and through the roof on arrival. On arrival, firefighters attacked the fire from the inside and outside of the building because of where the damage was. The lightning strike had set the outside of the building on fire, and immediately extended into the building’s attic. Outside, the lightening blew a large hole in the side of the building by the second floor. The two-prong attack worked, and firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. Flanders firefighters received assistance from the Budd Lake Fire Company and fire companies from Chester and Netcong. Budd Lake First Aid also responded as did the Mount Olive Police Department and Mount Olive Fire Marshal’s office.