On Monday, October 28th, 2019 at approximately 2312 hours, Fire District #3 was dispatched to the area of Victor Street and Pershing Avenue, for a possible structure fire.
While Fire units were responding, Franklin Police updated Somerset County Communications with an exact address of 54 Pershing Avenue.
Car 273 arrived, established command and confirmed a working fire in the basement. Car 273 requested a 2nd alarm assignment, bring Somerset Fire and Rescue (Station 56) as our RIT to the scene, along with New Brunswick FD and North Brunswick FD to the scene.
Ladder 25 arrived first due, and began to make entry into the basement area with water cans just prior to the arrival of the 1st due engine company. Engine 27 arrived as the first due engine, stretched an attack line into the basement towards the seat of the fire and secured a water supply.
Ladder 27 and Engine 251 arrived, at which time a 2nd attack line was pulled to the 1st floor and a primary search of the fire building was performed. Squad 27 arrived, began to form a manpower pool and the crews later assisted with ventilation of the structure.
Car 252 had operations of the scene and Deputy Chief 25 assisted with on scene accountability. The Fire was completely extinguished and overhauled in approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
Additional units on scene were Car 27, Car 272, Air 27 and Tech Rescue 257. Standby companies for the Fire District were Middlebush, Elizabeth Avenue, Bound Brook and Finderne.
The scene was turned over to Franklin Twp. Fire Prevention and remains under investigation at this time.
Thank you to all those who operated on scene and provided coverage for the Fire District.