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Wednesday Blaze Renders Stag Hill Home 'Total Loss'

Fire likely started near a wood-burning stove, officials said

Wednesday Blaze Renders Stag Hill Home 'Total Loss' Wednesday Blaze Renders Stag Hill Home 'Total Loss' Wednesday Blaze Renders Stag Hill Home 'Total Loss'

A two-story, wood-frame home at the top of Stag Hill Road is considered a total loss after firefighters from Mahwah and surrounding towns fought the fully involved structure fire that broke out in it Wednesday night, Police Chief James Batelli said.

According to police, a woman and her three kids were in their Mountain Road home Wednesday evening when the woman went outside to gather wood for wood-burning stove. When she returned to the house, she noticed a large fire inside, and got her three children out of the house, authorities said. Everyone was evacuated safely.

All five fire companies from Mahwah and crews from Franklin Lakes and Hillburn fought the fire for hours Wednesday.

Fighting the fire was complicated by the cold temperature and the lack of fire hydrants in the area, Batelli said. The FD used tanker trucks to supply water to the fire, officials said.

Police investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the blaze, officials said. Though Batelli said the cause the the fire is still unknown, he said a preliminary investigation by Mahwah Police Fire Investigator Michael Blondin determined the fire broke out near the wood-burning stove.

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