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Fire Department Shuts Section of Cedar Lane for Underground Fire

A malfunction at an underground electrical connection caused the disruption.

The Teaneck Fire Department had to secure a section of Cedar Lane following reports of smoking from an underground vault on Saturday afternoon, according to fire officials.

The Teaneck Fire Department received a call for a smoking manhole in front of 488-490 Cedar Lane at 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Engine 2, engine 4, engine 3, Tower Ladder 1 and Battalion Chief Joseph Berchtold responded.

Engine 2 discovered an underground PSEG electrical vault smoking and the department secured Cedar Lane, had vehicles removed, and checked and evacuated five stores on Cedar Lane, according to Teaneck Fire Chief Anthony Verley.

Teaneck police then secured traffic in the area, between Elm and Garrison avenues.

Engine 2 stretched one dry foam line, Engine 4 secured a water supply from a nearby hydrant, and basements of five nearby stores were checked multiple times with thermal imaging cameras for the presence of any hidden fires or electrical overloads and multi gas meters were checked for hazardous gasses, according to Verley. 

Local crews, not detecting an imminent danger waited for PSE&G to arrive.

A PSE&G underground crew showed at 4:45 p.m., opened the vault and pumped out water, Verley said. The crew found one electrical connection burning and replaced the insulation of burnt wire on an underground connection and extinguished burning insulation.

During this call on duty and recall units responded to 3 other calls on Terhune Street, Jasper Avenye and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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