Sunday, February 1, 2015 Battalion Two was dispatched to the Chestnut Lane Apartments located at 1060 Delsea Drive apartment 1405 for a Dwelling fire with reported entrapment. The Gloucester County Alarm Room reported multiple calls. 9201 (BC Thomas) arrived to find a 300 X 65 2 story Garden Style apartments with fire showing from Division C middle of the row.The fire apartment was #1405 with entrapment in the apartment above at #1406.
BC Thomas donned his PPE and SCBA and entered apartment 1406 for a primary search, Engine 921 arrived and the crew with the assistance of BLS and ALS members threw a ground ladder to the balcony of the second floor apartment where the residents appeared. Lieutenant Willard ascended the ladder and assisted the residents down with the assistance of the members of BLS and ALS and BC Thomas. The other part of the crew Captain Bell and Lieutenant Wilson entered apartment 1405 and conducted a primary search.
On their exit they advised that the rear of apartment 1405 was well involved. With the four rescued from 1406 and search of 1405 complete, Capt Bell and Lieuts Willard and Wilson conducted primary searches of apartments 1407 1408 1409 1410 1412 all searches were negative.
Engineer Christina had stretched a 1 3/4 hand line to apartment 1405 while the searches were in progress and charged it. Engine 921’s crew started their suppression efforts. Ladder 926 was ordered to Division C and ordered to prepare to open the roof.
Engine 923 was ordered to lay a 5″ supply Line from the 100 building to Engine 921. Ladder 926 advised that they had heavy fire conditions on Division C and asked for a water supply. BC Thomas struck the 2nd alarm at this time. Ladder 936 arrived and were detailed to Division C to assist 926 with suppression. Engine 942 was ordered to lay a 5″ supply line from Ladder 926 to the fire hydrant on Delsea Dr. Engine 1312 assisted with completing the lay.
Additional crews started to arrive (736, 738, 1511, 511, 1016, 626) and were assigned additional tasks. The conditions started to worsen and a evacuation signal was given and the third alarm struck. Trench cuts were made on the Bravo and Delta exposures to stop the spread of fire. Ladder 926 went into service and knocked the bulk of the fire down and the job was placed under control at the 1 hour and 10 minute mark.
Crews remained on location for some time hitting hot spots and assisting the Deptford Fire Marshal’s Office with the Investigation.
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