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Mahwah Fire Still Under Investigation As Neighbors Help Victims

Cleanup crews work Wednesday morning at the site of a condo fire in Mahwah on Juniper Way.
Cleanup crews work Wednesday morning at the site of a condo fire in Mahwah on Juniper Way. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Debris thrown outside of a condo on Juniper Way in Mahwah Wednesday morning following a fire the day before.
Debris thrown outside of a condo on Juniper Way in Mahwah Wednesday morning following a fire the day before. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

MAHWAH, N.J. — Members of the Mahwah community stepped in to help people displaced from a Tuesday condo fire on Juniper Way as officials continued to investigate the cause on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Wednesday morning, Chief Tom Loreto told Daily Voice. Twelve families were displaced from the fire, which started at 4:30 p.m. and later reignited before being fully doused around 7 p.m., Loreto said.

Officials believe it started in one of the third-floor units, he said.

"Fire damage was extensive throughout the third floor and roof area," the chief said. "... The first and second floor units have a lot of smoke and water damage."

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Kelly Loveman of Mahwah created a GoFundMe page to help the people affected by the fire.

"I feel for the young girl, who is only in fourth grade, and her family," Loveman told Daily Voice. "They lost everything. I can't even begin to think about how devastating that must be.

"I started the fundraiser as a little something to help out. I couldn't stop thinking about it all night and knew there had to be a way to assist and to help them get back on their feet."

Cleanup crews continued to work on the area Wednesday.

Diane Concannon, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said her agency wasn't contacted to assist the families but that she will follow up to see whether they need anything.

Mahwah Mayor Bill Lafortet said officials were still determining the best way to help the families.

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