I was surprised to see this on the main page of NJ.com. I will be checking out the fire location on Walnut in a few minutes.
But the article was obviously written by someone who’s not been to Cranford (Walnut Street?), or maybe even Union County (Elisabeth?).
I wouldn’t be half-surprised if they outsourced their reporting to offshore locations. With bankruptcies and cutbacks, there will be plenty of trained call center people who speak English well enough that they could do some reportage.
It’s actually possible with Google Earth, Internet Telephony and patching police scanner traffic overseas.