On Thursday May 30th, 2019 at approximately 2152 hours, Fire District #3 was dispatched to 53 Veronica Avenue (Custom Essences) for an Activated Fire Alarm.
A/C 27 arrived and established command, reporting nothing showing from the exterior. The interior crews including Ladder 27, Engine 27 and Ladder 25 made entry to investigate and found an active fire inside of the building. A/C 27 requested a 2nd Alarm be transmitted, bringing additional companies to the scene. Interior Crews were ordered out and pulled off attack lines from Ladder 27. Command was then transferred to Chief 27.
Interior crews utilized two attack lines, along with the assistance of the sprinkler system and were able to extinguish the fire. The crew from Squad 27 assisted with ventilation of the structure. Mutual aid rehab units from Robert Wood Johnson EMS and North Brunswick EMS were requested to the scene. Elizabeth Avenue’s Hazmat 26 assisted on the scene with decontamination, due to the fact that the fire involved unknown chemicals.
Additional mutual aid companies who responded to the scene were New Brunswick and Somerset. Total operational time on the scene was approximately 2 hrs. 30 mins. The scene was turned over to Franklin Twp. Fire Prevention and the building owner.
Thank you to all companies who provided coverage for Fire District #3.