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APRIL 1, 2005


86 Northbrook Avenue,
Lawrence Township

Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded to a small kitchen fire on Friday, April 1, 2005.

It was 12:24 p.m. when Mercer County Central Communications Center transmitted Box 22-10 and dispatched all three Lawrence Township fire companies for a possible structure fire at 86 Northbrook Avenue.

Lawrence Road Chief Wayne Hannon arrived on the scene within one minute of the dispatch to find nothing showing from the exterior of the two-story residence.

Telesquirt 22 arrived on scene at 12:26 p.m. with Capt. Michael Byrd in command, Paid Driver Robert Santello driving, and a crew that included Ff. Steven Amiott, Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr., Ff. Ryan Dlabik and Ff. R.J. Laird.

Telesquirt 22ís crew entered the house and discovered a moderate smoke condition on the first floor. They then found that a fire had broken out on the stove in the kitchen, but that the fire had already been extinguished by the homeowner.

Telesquirt 22ís crew moved the stove away from the wall and opened up a small section of the wall to check for possible fire extension. A thermal imaging camera was also used to check for extension both in the kitchen and on the second floor above the kitchen. Ultimately, no fire extension was found.

Engine 22, meanwhile, arrived on scene at 12:28 p.m. with Capt. Shaun Dlabik in command, Ff. Chris Longo driving, and Capt. Michael Ratcliffe as crew. Engine 22 backed up to Telesquirt 22 and took up a position so a supply line could be laid if needed.

Ladder Tower 23 and Engine 21 arrived by 12:30 p.m.

At 12:37 p.m., Hannon recalled all units with the exception of Telesquirt 22, which remained on location until 12:47 p.m. to remove smoke from the residence.

A more detailed account of this incident will be posted in the near future.

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