On Monday September 17th, 2018 at approximately 10:14 a.m. Fire District #3 was dispatched to 93 Rodney Avenue for a reported Smoke Condition, called In by Franklin PD.
Deputy Chief 25 arrived on scene and confirmed a working Structure Fire, requesting a 2nd Alarm Assignment. Chief 25 arrived shortly after and assumed Command of the incident and upon the arrival of Chief 27, he assumed the role of Operations.
Engine 27 was 1st Due and secured their own water supply at the hydrant, by executing a forward lay into the fire scene. A inch and 3/4 attack line was stretched and advanced into the building by the crew from Engine 27 and Ladder 27. As the fire began to extend into the roof from the 1st and 2nd floor, crews were forced to evacuate the building and regroup.
With the fire now consuming the 1st, 2nd floors and roof area, crews regrouped and a combination attack was utilized. Ladder 25 utilized their tower ladder’s deck gun, which was supplied by Squad 27 and darkened the fire from the exterior. Crews from Engine 27, Ladder 27 and New Brunswick Engine Co. 1 and 5 re-entered with two additional hand-lines and began to knock the fire from the inside. Once water was placed on the main body of fire, ventilation was completed to allow for better visibility for the interior crews by Ladder 25 and Squad 27.
A 3rd Alarm was requested due to manpower issues. Ceilings were pulled on the 2nd floor to access the remainder of active fire in the roof space. Crews overhauled the fire, hit hot spots and complete extinguishment of the fire was done in under 2 hours.
Companies on the scene other than the above listed include Utility 272, Tech Rescue 257, North Brunswick Co. 3, Elizabeth Avenue and Finderne Fire Department. Cover companies included Bound Brook, Kendall Park, and Griggstown. The scene was turned over to Franklin Township Fire Prevention and remains under investigation. Thank you to all those who responded and assisted on the scene and thank you to the firefighters who provided photos of the scene.