On Monday July 29th, 2019 at approximately 2141 hours, Fire District #3 was dispatched to 541 Hamilton Street (Delta’s Gas Station) for a Motor Vehicle Fire. While en-route to the scene, Franklin Police advised that the Vehicle was inside of the Structure and actively on fire.
Engine 253 arrived 1st due and confirmed a smoke condition was present. Car 27 arrived shortly thereafter, confirming a working vehicle fire inside of the Auto Body Shop and requested a 2nd Alarm Assignment. Crews from E-253, E-251 and Ladder 27 forced entry, and utilized two 1 inch and 3/4 attack lines through the front of the building. High heat and low visibility made it difficult initially to locate the seat of the fire. A/C 27 ran the interior operational crews, while A/C 25 handled the exterior operational crews.
Within approximately 30 minutes, the fire was knocked down and placed under control. Interior Crews utilized horizontal ventilation to clear the smoke out of the building. Franklin Twp. Fire Prevention was notified and later responded to the scene. Fire was contained to one motor vehicle within one garage bay, with slight extension into the structure.
Additional on-scene companies were Ladder 25, Rescue 25, Car 25, Deputy 25, Car 272, Engine 27, Squad 27, Air 27. On-Scene Mutual Aid Companies included the New Brunswick Fire Department and Somerset Fire and Rescue. Mutual Aid Cover Companies included Bound Brook, Finderne, North Brunswick Co. 3, Middlebush, and Elizabeth Avenue. Total Operational Time was approximately 2 hours.
Good teamwork was completed by all on-scene companies. Mutual Aid Companies handled a 2nd call at 25 Parkside Street for an Activated Fire Alarm, which was cleared without further incident.