Fire Call On Otsego


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A chimney fire was quickly extinguished.
A chimney fire was quickly extinguished.

A chimney fire brought the  Verona Fire Department to 45 Otsego Road this evening just before 9 p.m.

Homeowner Greg Francisco said a passerby knocked on his door to alert him to flames coming out of his chimney. He called 911 and quickly got his wife and daughter out of the house. “The Verona Fire Department was here in 2 or 3 minutes with all these trucks,” he said. “If it had been a major blaze they would have had it out in no time.”

As Francisco talked, the department’s newest ladder truck extended its bucket toward his roof so that the firefighters could peer in for a closer inspection. “Thank God they have that truck,” he said.

“My neighbor up the block, Matty Valentine, is a fireman, and I’ve seen him interrupt a barbecue to answer a fire call,” Francisco said. “I’ve always wondered how fast they get to a fire. Now I know.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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