YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A quick-spreading fire destroyed a Norwood Department of Public Works garage, torching four vehicles as well as heavy equipment and sending columns of thick black smoke visible from miles away late this afternoon into early evening.
The fire broke out around 4:50 p.m. and quickly jumped to three alarms, extending to four bays of a six-bay storage area on Broadway near the municipal complex.
It was fed by gasoline and diesel fuel, which ignited several explosions.
Among those responding: Norwood, Closter, Demarest, Haworth and River Vale fire departments, and the New Milford HazMat unit.
Meanwhile, Cresskill, Harrington Park, Dumont remained on standby to cover any other Norwood calls.
Fire companies initially reported water problems, partly because a hose got tangled in a vehicle driven over it, ripping off the face of the hydrant it had been attached to.
The fire was knocked down but still going more than an hour after it was reported.
The cause had yet to be determined, although officials said it didn’t initially appear suspicious.
TOP PHOTO: Courtesy ANTHONY VENEZIA