2 people hurt after storms spark house fire in NJ, knock down trees across Tri-State

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Saturday, September 9, 2023
2 hurt after storms knock down trees, spark house fire in NJ
Two people were injured as severe storms swept through the Tri-State area Friday evening, knocking down numerous trees and damaging homes. CeFaan Kim has more.

NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Two people were injured as severe storms swept through the Tri-State area Friday evening, knocking down numerous trees and damaging homes.

Storm damage in New Jersey

1 firefighter injured after lightning strike causes house fire in Bogota

A lightning strike caused a house fire in Bogota, New Jersey, according to the Fire Chief William Hordern.

Police rescued a man in a wheelchair and his dog from the basement of the house.

One firefighter was hurt in the blaze and was transported to a local hospital. He is expected to be okay.

Neighbors say they heard load claps of thunder just after 3:30 p.m. When they went outside, they saw the house on Walnut Avenue engulfed in flames.

"It looked like there were fireworks everywhere-- like they were exploding fireworks inside the house," said Michelle Taveras, a neighbor. "It was actually pretty scary."

Several departments responded to the three-alarm fire including Bogota, Teaneck, Englewood, Bergenfield and Hackensack. It took the firefighters just under two hours to get the blaze under control.

"The environment today it was extremely humid out, so the firefighters were getting exhausted a little quicker than normal," Chief Horden said.

Officials are investigating whether the lightning struck the electrical box outside of the house, causing the fire.

Anthony Johnson was live in Bogota, New Jersey where lightning sparked a house fire. One firefighter was injured.

Tree hits home, destroys brand new car in Madison

Two people were inside a home in Madison, New Jersey when a 70-feet-tall Maple tree split in half. Parts of the tree damaged the back of the two-family home.

"There's a giant hole in the ceiling, there's water dripping down," said Jimmy Kilman, who lives in the house. "I look outside, and there is a tree on the car."

The homeowners say that the Honda Odyssey damaged in the storm was brand new. The car's windshield was shattered, and hood damaged by debris.

Within an hour, clean-up crews arrived on scene to break down the tree for removal.

Woman injured after tree falls on house in Madison

One person was injured after a tree fell on a house in Madison, New Jersey.

The tree took out a skylight in the home. The resident sustained lacerations to her face and head.

She was treated by EMS at the scene, and her condition is not known at this time.

The house where the tree fell has been boarded up.

Darla Miles was live in Madison, New Jersey where one person was injured after numerous trees were knocked down during severe storms.

Large tree falls on street in Maplewood

A large tree fell across Hughes Street in Maplewood, New Jersey halting traffic in both directions.

A large tree fell on Hughes Street in Maplewood, New Jersey as severe thunderstorms moved through the area.

NJ transit suspensions due to downed tree

NJ Transit temporarily suspended rail service along the Morris and Essex Line and Gladstone Branch in both directions between Millburn and Broad Street due to a downed tree across tracks near Highland Avenue. Service has since resumed with 60-minute delays.

The NJ Transit Morris and Essex line and Gladstone Branch rail service is suspended in both directions between Millburn and Broad Street due to down tree across tracks near Highland Avenue.

Ground stops at major airports

The storms also led to temporary ground stops at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, and Newark airports. The ground stop has since lifted, but delays were expected.

Storm damage in New York

Tree falls on school bus in Carmel

A large tree fell on a school bus in Carmel, New York on Agor Lane between Alona Drive and Emily Lane just after 4 p.m.

First responders discovered the school bus, carrying a driver and 25 children, stranded in the middle of the road with its front end severely damaged by a sizeable tree entangled with wires.

Mahopac Schools Transportation made travel arrangements for the students. No students were hurt in the crash.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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