Very busy week for city firefighters, with 32 calls in the last week alone. While many of these incidents could warrant their own story, the most notable occurred in the early morning hours on Monday 11/21. At 0341 our station was alerted to the 700 block of Mehorter BLVD for a report of a dwelling with fire throughout. Chief 501 arrived with exposures to 2 additional dwellings and requested the 2nd alarm be struck. City firefighters brought a full district response with Engines 511 & 513, Ladder 516, Utilities 515 & 517, CAR-5, Chief 500, and FM-5. 37 mph winds with gusts up to 47 mph made the incident more complicated as live power lines were blown around on the fire-ground. Area brush trucks were used to patrol the neighborhood for embers. There were 7 victims transported by Gloucester County EMS to area hospitals. The fire and exposures were confined and extinguished with 3 ladder pipe master streams, 3 2-1/2 inch hand-lines, and 6 1-3/4 hand-lines in operation.
Mutual aid on scene :Squad 2211, Engines 613, 632, 1311, Ladders 926 and 666, Rescues 1518 & 2118, Brush Trucks 815 & 925, and Utility 947.
Station was covered by crews from Engines 811 & 1033 and Ladder 936 for several hours during the incident.