On Sunday April 22, 2018 at 0048 hours, Battalions 92 and 93 were dispatched for a building fire. Battalion 9201 (Thomas) arrived to find a 2 story garden style apartment with smoke showing. An exterior fire was found with extension into the building. First floor residents were reporting that the second floor residents were not outside. PD had attempted to get to the second floor but were driven back to to the heavy amount of smoke. An adult and infant were found on an outside second floor balcony. Squad 921 arrived and its crew was advised to throw a ground ladder to assist the residents down, the remainder of the crew were ordered to the second floor and forced two doors finding 4 residents in the other apartment. Due to the amount of heavy smoke in the stairwell, it was decided to bring these residents out a second floor window onto a ground ladder. Both rescues were made without incident. Battalion 9201 struck the “all hands” box bringing additional resources to the scene. A 1 3/4 hand line was stretched and the fire was knocked down and the crews checked for extension.
The fire was placed under control at the 20 minute mark and the fire is under investigation by the Deptford Fire Department’s fire investigation unit.
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