West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company Reaches Out for Help

On Tuesday in Ewing Township (NJ) there was a major gas explosion with fire. Upon arrival we found 3 houses fully involved in fire with numerous other houses damaged due to the explosion. The house closest to the explosion that did not burn was the one that was most heavily damaged, belonged to Ewing Township Career Firefighter, active member and past Lieutenant of West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company Dan McManimon and his family, including his father, Jim McManimon who is the Business Administrator for Ewing Township as well as an active Fire Police Officer also with West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company.

Ewing Township (NJ) Condo Destroyed in Explosion, Fire

Their house was blown off of the foundation, walls are bowed, windows blown out, furniture thrown about and will have to be razed in the near future. The worst part of this whole story is Jim was home at the time of the blast. By some complete stroke of luck, Jim was in the basement watching TV when the blast occurred. It was the solid cinderblock below grade walls that saved him from the blast. Jim was able to gather his bearings after being thrown from the recliner and crawl upstairs and out of the house.

Dan was assigned to Ewing Township Station 32 yesterday was the driver on the second due engine to this assignment and set up his truck including squirt device only feet from his house in order to fight the fire, knowing all along that his father was home at the time of the blast and was still unsure if his father was accounted for. It wasn't long before Danny found out that his father was safe and out of the house.

The McManimon family (who includes Dan's mother Mary and his sister Kelsey) lost everything and they are starting all over again.

The members of West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company are reaching out to our brothers and sisters around the county to see if any fire company can render any assistance to help Danny, Jim and their family get back on their feet? They need everything from clothes to toiletries to food. If your fire company is willing to help with any donations of actual items, monetary donations, gift cards or anything they could really use the help, please contact West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company President/Deputy Chief Chris Hoarn.

If you have any questions please contact Chris right away at the numbers listed below or you can send donations directly to him at the firehouse and he will get them to the McManimon family.

We thank you for your assistance in this matter and helping Jim and Danny gets a jump start on rebuilding their lives.

Chris Hoarn

President / Deputy Chief


609-209-3969 (cell)

609-883-0336 (station)


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