On Wednesday June 15th, 2016 Fire District #3 was dispatched to 22 Douglas Avenue for a reported Structure Fire. While enroute Car 27 (Chief Krushinski) could observe a column of smoke in the air. Car 27 had District #3 retoned at this time.
Upon arrival, Car 27 established command and requested a 2nd Alarm assignment, observing heavy fire self venting from the 1st floor bedroom auto extending to the 2nd floor and melting the siding on the B exposure. Engine 251 arrived first due and began to pull a hand line into the Structure. Engine 276 arrived 2nd due and dropped a 5 inch supply line to Engine 251 and pulled a back-up hand-line. Ladder 25 split their crew to assist with suppression and search. The home owner advised the house was unoccupied but it still needed to be checked.
Crews from New Brunswick Engine 1 and Ladder 1, assisted in shutting down the utilities and performing a search on the 2nd floor. Crews from Squad 27, Engine 278, Air 27, Utility 27, Utility 272 and Rescue 25 assisted on location with ventilation, overhaul and any additional tasks which needed to be done. Car 56 and Rescue 56 were on scene as a the Rapid Intervention Crew. Car 272, Car 273, Car 25 and Car 252 also operated on the scene. The Fire Commissioners brought the rehab bus out with beverages for all the firefighters on scene.
While the fire was contained to the area of origin in the house, it must be noted both companies have duty crews weeknights and this definitely help contain the fire without substantial damage to the rest of the house. Responding units were on scene with in 3 minutes from the time of alarm. Great Job by all companies who operated on the scene.