On Tuesday in Ewing Township 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 and active FMBA Local 93 member Dan McManimon and his family.
Dan's father, Jim McManimon is also the Business Administrator for Ewing Township.
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 who was assigned to Ewing Township Station 32 that day 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 FMBA Local 93 are reaching out to our brother and sister firefighters around the state, also our friends and family to see if anyone can render any assistance to help Dan and his family get back on their feet?
Please contact FMBA Local 93 treasurer Chris Hoarn if you have any questions.
We thank you for your assistance in this matter and helping our brother get a jump start on rebuilding his life.
Yours in the Fire Service,
FMBA Local 93 Treasurer
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