By Sam Stone Monday, March 09 2015 @ 10:54 PM EDT
On Friday, March 6, 2015, at approximately 11:51 am, the Paramus Police Department Communications Center received multiple calls of an explosion and fire at the Oradell Animal Hospital located at 580 Winters Avenue. Initial calls reported that some occupants of the building might be trapped inside.
The Paramus Fire Department under the command of Fire Chief Craig Burrows and the Paramus Police Department responded immediately. The first arriving police and fire units were able to locate all of the missing workers and evacuated them to EMS care. The source of the explosion was determined to be an animal MRI machine located in the animal hospital. There was no fire after the initial explosion. However, there was a small leak of helium which is used as a cooling agent inside of the MRI machine.