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APRIL 16, 2006


147 Louisiana Avenue,
Ewing Township

On Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers responded mutual aid into Ewing Township to serve as the rapid intervention team as a working house fire.

It was 4:36 p.m. when Mercer County Central Communications Center transmitted Box 32-10 for the reported fire at 147 Louisiana Avenue.

Dispatched at that time were Pennington Road Fire Co. (Station 32), Engine 33 from West Trenton Fire Co., and Ladder Tower 31 from Prospect Heights Fire Co.

An ambulance from Pennington Road First Aid Squad (Squad 132) was also toned out.

At 4:38 p.m., Ambulance 132-1 arrived on scene a reported a working fire in the attic of the home. Based on that report, the assignment was upgraded to a full first alarm.

At 4:39 p.m. Ewing Township fire companies were retoned and Lawrence Road’s Rescue 22 was dispatched to the scene as the RIT.
West Trenton Chief Ralf Brandmaier reached the scene at 4:40 p.m. and reported he had heavy smoke pushing from the eaves of the one-story dwelling.

Apparatus response times were as follows: Ladder Tower 31 at 4:39 p.m.; Telesquirt 32 at 4:40 p.m.; Squirt 31 at 4:41 p.m.; Engine 32 at 4:42 p.m.; Rescue 22 at 4:45 p.m.; and Engine 33 at 4:46 p.m.

Rescue 22 was commanded by Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik, driven by Capt. Michael Byrd, and manned by a crew that included Capt. Edward Kitchen, Ff. Steven Amiott, Ff. R.J. Laird, Ff. Matthew Farletta and Ff. Steven Hodgdon.

Also responding at 4:40 p.m. were Deputy Chief Chris Pangaldi in Car 22-1, and Chief Wayne Hannon in Car 22.

Apparatus arrival times were as follows: Telesquirt 32 at 4:41 p.m.; Ladder Tower 31 at 4:42 p.m.; Squirt 31 at 4:43 p.m.; Engine 32 at 4:46 p.m.; Engine 33 at 4:50 p.m.; and Rescue 22 at 4:51 p.m.

Lawrence Road firefighters reported to the front of the building with their stokes basket full of tools and stood by as the RIT as Ewing firefighters stretched two 1.75-inch hoselines into the dwelling to battle the blaze, which at one point broke through the roof along Side D.

An extra mutual aid ambulance was dispatched to the scene from Lawrence Township. Ambulance 129-3 arrived at 4:52 p.m.

At 4:59 p.m. Command 32 special-called an extra engine company for manpower. Pennington Borough’s Engine 51, which had previously been dispatched into Ewing Township for cover purposes, was immediately redirected to the fireground. Engine 51 arrived at 5:04 p.m.

The fire was officially placed under control at 5:04 p.m. Crews then spent the next hour or so overhauling and assisting investigators.

At 5:35 p.m., Engine 51 and Squirt 31 were recalled by Command 32.
Engine 33 and Rescue 22 cleared the scene at 5:58 p.m. Rescue 22 was back in quarters in Lawrence Township by 6:06 p.m.

The remaining apparatus left the fireground by 6:20 p.m.

All photos courtesy and copyright (c) 2006 Prospect Heights Fire Co.

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