Shortly before 10 a.m. on May 26th the Task
Force 5 was dispatched to a dwelling fire at 28 Stewart Street in Woodbury, New Jersey (Gloucester County). The companies from the Woodbury Fire Department along with Westville Fire Department and National Park Fire Department were assigned to the Box. The initial call that was reported was that an air conditioner was on fire but it was later updated that Police were on location and reported a Working Fire.
The first in Unit, Engine 5-11 from Woodbury Fire Company reported that they were on location and had a 2 1/2 story dwelling with heavy fire and smoke on the first floor and were going In Service with an 1 3/4 inch attack line.
Westville's ladder 7-36 was now arriving and going In Service for ventilation. National Park's pumper was arriving; Engine 8-11, to help them supply a backup line and man power for the fire fighters.
All the occupants had safely fled the dwelling. Two 1 3/4 inch lines were now working as fire fighters made an aggressive interior attack. They knocked most of the fire down on the first floor and were checking for extensions on the second floor.
The Fast Team from Bellmawr Engine 3-22 (Camden County) was now arriving. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the first floor area and the fire was quickly placed Under Control.
Fire fighters remained on location for some time ventilating and salvage work.
The temperature was now approaching a hot 90 degrees on this May day. Many firefighters were now feeling the effects of the heat and local EMS Units handed out fresh water and cold wet towels.
The fire is being investigated by the Woodbury and Gloucester County Fire Marshal's Office.
Written and photos by Bob Bartosz - FD Photographer