Larry Thiel, who is a member of both Highland Park and East Franklin Fire Departments was the first to arrive on scene. He was joined quickly by Chief Michael McMahon. A working fire was confirmed, at which time Command called for mutual aid. East Franklin, New Brunswick, North Stelton, River Road and Metuchen Fire Departments responded to the incident. Station 27 responded into the Borough with Engine 27-6, Squad 27, Car 27 and Car 273.
The fire in the basement was quickly contained, thanks to fast response getting water on the fire and ventilating the hot air and gasses. A job well done by all who responded to the incident.