Residents Reach Out To Family Affected By Fire

Roselle Park residents have quickly acted to help a family affected by an early morning New Years Day fire on East Webster Avenue.

The fire, which started in the attic around 1:35 a.m. according to fire officials, had all three Roselle Park Fire Department (RPFD) houses respond along with companies from neighboring Kenilworth and Garwood. Mountainside, Scotch Plains, and Clark were on coverage assignment during this time in case another alarm came in. The RPFD remained on-site after the fire was contained until around 5:15 in the morning.

“I am humbled by how many people in town have responded so quickly to help our neighbors in need.” – Bryan Peterson

Bryan Peterson, a member of the Knights of Columbus – Msgr. Loreti Council #3240, approached the community via social media to rally residents and neighbors to assist the Mosquera family who are currently without permanent home, clothes, or other necessities.

The Church of Assumption has been set up as a drop-off location for donations. The Church’s side door will be open from Monday, January 5th, to Friday, January 9th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations. Additionally, on Tuesday evening, January 6th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Church side door will be open for the Novena and donations can be dropped off then as well.

The Church of the Assumption is located at 113 Chiego Place off of Westfield Avenue.

A list of requested items is available below:

  • Women’s shoes (size 8½)
  • Women’s coats (Small, Medium, Large)
  • Men’s coats (Large)
  • Baby girl’s clothes (3-6 months)
  • Diapers (Size 2), baby wipes, soaps, etc.
  • Boy’s clothes (size 7-8)
  • Boy’s shoes (size 2)

Mr. Peterson said, regarding the outpouring of support, “I am humbled by how many people in town have responded so quickly to help our neighbors in need.”

Additionally, the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pasta dinner to assist the family. Details will be made available as more information is provided.

(Photograph courtesy of Ryan Urban)