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Wednesday Blaze Renders Stag Hill Home 'Total Loss'

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

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.

Find out how you can donate to a collection set up for the family here.

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Alyssa Marie January 03, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Can anyone confirm the sizes of the items needed? I saw on Facebook the mother is a L/XL, Father L, sons are 14/16 and daughter 16. Please confirm if anyone knows the family, I live in Mahwah and really want to help them. My heart breaks for this family, especially right after the holidays. I am going to do my best to collect as much as I possibly can for these people. Thank God they are safe but I can't even imagine losing everything I have, I pray we can come together as a community and help this family.
Hank January 03, 2013 at 03:34 AM
how about cash and gift cards
Sheila Mann January 03, 2013 at 03:43 AM
The mother of the family is a very close friend of mine... Like my sister. I have been reaching out to people on facebook to see if they are willing to provide them help. Would you mind if I contact you or forward your info?
Jessica Mazzola (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Hi All -- Just put together an article about the clothing collection at the fire department http://mahwah.patch.com/articles/how-to-help-family-who-lost-home-in-fire-wednesday-night
Sheila Mann January 03, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Yes Alyssa that is correct.
tony January 03, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Sheila,feel free to share my info with anyone,and contact me anytime you need to. Thanx
Ryan Mann January 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
its a shame theres still people who think n write careless things while they hide behind there computer
Mahwah January 03, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Mahwah Junior Football will be at Continental Soldiers Field Equipment room on Saturday, January 5 from 10 am to 11 am collecting any gift cards and monetary donations to deliver to the family.
Suzi C January 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I know the family well...the father is a good friend of mine we grew up together. I have already begun to bag up tons of clothes and jackets etc and will be bringing them down to Mahwah on Saturday when I visit my mom. Also my mom has tons of stuff that belonged to my dad we will be donating. God bless them and lets hope they get back on their feet as soon as possible.
T-Bird 148 January 03, 2013 at 04:25 PM
This town has seen it's share of disasters plus fighting and conflict in the last year, but it's nice to see people pulling together when it really matters! Wally is the exception to the rule ...
Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 January 03, 2013 at 04:32 PM
At Co 1 the collection has been very generous and clothes will be delivered tonight. If you would like to donate a gift card please drop it off in the Mailbox at Mahwah Fire Company 2 on Island Rd. PLEASE MARK THE CARD AS A DONATION FOR THE FAMILY. Any questions on type of cards needed please email Tony at Co. 2 at whopper961@aol.com
Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 January 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
No more clothing donations are needed at Company 1 but please see below post for how to donate gift cards. Thanks for your generosity.
Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 January 03, 2013 at 07:13 PM
No more clothing donations are needed at Company 1 but please see below above for how to donate gift cards. Thanks for your generosity.
Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 January 03, 2013 at 07:14 PM
No more clothing donations are needed at Company 1 but please see below post for how to donate gift cards. Thanks for your generosity.
Courtney and Roger DeGroat January 03, 2013 at 07:54 PM
So sorry for their loss.., They are in our thoughts and prayers... Roger DeGroat and family..
Ymann January 03, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Thank you everyone for all the help and support..I'm Rogers sister if anyone needs any info plz feel free to contact me 201 312 2988 ..thank you all once again..and as for Wally I want you to call me too because if u have something to say pleaseee call me and you can tell me..thank you..
Beth DeGroat January 03, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I called Play N Trade today and they told me that they already donated an Xbox, games and some other items. I also have a call into GameStop (the store and corp) to see if we can get another Xbox more games and the turtle Beats headphones (replacing what they got for Christmas). I know both boys had an xbox and all 3 kids had iPads. They will need televisions for the games...any suggestions or anyone with "connections" please let me know! Hang in there Roger, Becky and the kids...We love you and we are here for you! Xoxo
Laurie Dercole January 04, 2013 at 12:46 AM
If any one can please let me know who the hell is WALLY is please let me know. I would like to go face to face with him. So if you can help just let me know. The family are good people. They are LIKE FAMILY to me. I get called MOM and GRANDMA from the kids. They need our help so what ever you can help them out. We need to stick together and help those in need. Thank you for listening to me. But I want WALLYS number or address.
Nani January 04, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I read no more clothes are needed, but I have a 13 years old boy that actually grew out of a winter jacket and some clothes, good clothes looking like new. I don't want to through them away. It'll be excellent for the younger boy. I also have a $25 gift card that got for Xmas and would like to give it to them. I am new living in the Mahwah community, and don't know where the fire dept. is. Can someone direct me please.
Ramapough Indian Concerned January 04, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Hey This is Wally Dennison, What happened to Roger and his family is Horrific.Today is the first time I have been on patch and saw replys to a Wally I did not see the comments this person made , however this is not me Wally Dennison, I was in contact with Roger all Day yesterday and visited him last night. Someone obvioulsly does not like me and wants people to think it is me, it may have to do with me bringing to light the ribal Corruption that has been going on, I will get to the bottom of who is resposible,
rodney van dunk January 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
the guy who said the comments goes be the name walley van riper
Andy Schmidt January 04, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Wally - here's that person's profile: http://mahwah.patch.com/users/wally-van-riper
Andy Schmidt January 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Nani - you have a number of options: a) All day Saturday, Mahwah Wrestling is hosting an event at Ramapo Ridge Middle School and have a desk collecting monetary and other donations. The family are members. b) Fire Company two on Island Road also accepts gift cards for them (place in an envelope and label what it's intended for): http://mahwah.patch.com/listings/fire-company-hazardous-material Hope that helps, Andy
Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 January 04, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Going forward please do not drop gift cards of at the fire houses. Dairy Queen on Franklin Turnpike (A&P Shopping Center) will now be taking the gift card donations. They will also give a free ice cream to anyone who drops off a gift card donation for the family. Thank you all for your continued generosity.
Ymann January 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Thank you very much Rodney
Beth DeGroat January 04, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I spoke to Becky today and they are GRATEFUL for all of the love and support from everyone! She did mention that storage is a huge concern so if anyone has space or a storage unit, it would be greatly appriciated! Also, gift cards would be easier because of the lack of storage and currently they are in a hotel so they will have to be carring around all of the things donated! Keep up the love and support! Once again the family wants everyone to know THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL they are for everything everyone is doing to help get them back on their feet! Xoxo
Jodi January 05, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Beth I maybe able to help with the headphones. Is there an email address I can send some questions too? Becky is my daughters teacher. Thanks
Josephine Balsamo January 05, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Has anyone heard if the dog was ever found?
Carolyn Suffern January 06, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Andy Schmidt January 11, 2013 at 06:51 PM
The non-profit Saddle River Valley Cultural Center will be making a modest monetary donation. Please advise, if I should still drop off at DQ, or if they prefer different. Also, please let Roger and Becky know that the family is welcome to this Saturday's 3 PM "Magic Show" performance at the center on West Saddle River Road: http://saddlerivervalleyculturalcenter.org/SeasonShows2012-2013

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