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Thursday, May 05, 2011
Ferraro's "Gutted"; Early Morning Fire Rips Through Westfield Restaurant (See Video)
In the early morning hours after midnight, a fire ripped through Ferraro's Restaurant located on Elm St. in downtown Westfield. Surrounding streets were blocked with barricades as fire officials remained on the scene investigating what caused the fire. The smell of smoke still lingered in the air and charred debris flushed from the scene lay in curb gutters along Elm St. and North Ave. The three floors of apartments above the restaurant were burned out and early reports are that all of the tenants were evacuated safely.
Due to manpower issues, Westfield firefighters were initially no match for this fire and out manned as the flames burned out of control. Firefighters had to wait until additional manpower from Springfield and Cranford (both paid fire departments) arrived before effectively fighting the fire. Several other fire departments from around Union County responded to assist.
TFoTM asks Mayor Skibitsky and Westfield Town Council members: How many more devastating fires, causing extensive property damage and possible injury, have to occur before the manpower issues at the Westfield Fire Department are addressed?