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AUGUST 9, 2006


18 Tulane Avenue,
Lawrence Township

During the evening of Wednesday, August 9, 2006, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers extinguished a small fire in the Side D wall of the house at 18 Tulane Avenue.

The blaze was believed to have been started when some kind of electrical problem occurred in the wall between the home's exterior electrical meter and the interior electrical panel.

A resident called 911 after he noticed what appeared to be a burned spot on the home's aluminum siding and then spotted sparks coming from the area of electrical meter.

Mercer county Central Communications Center transmitted Box 22-10 and dispatched all three Lawrence Township fire companies Lawrence Road (Station 22), Slackwood (Station 21) and Lawrenceville (Station 23) at 8:23 p.m.

An ambulance from Lawrence First Aid Squad was also dispatched.

Apparatus responded as follows: Ladder Tower 23 at 8:25 p.m.; Rescue 23 at 8:25 p.m.; Telesquirt 22 at 8:26 p.m.; Snorkel 21 at 8:26 p.m.; Engine 22 at 8:27 p.m.; Engine 21 at 8:27 p.m.; and Rescue 22 at 8:32 p.m.

Telesquirt 22 was commanded by Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik, driven by Ff. Chris Longo, and crewed by Ff. Steven Hodgdon, Ff. Adam Rivera, and Ff. Matthew Farletta.

Engine 22 was commanded by Capt. Edward Kitchen, driven by Ff. Charles Commini Sr., and crewed by Ff. Charles Commini Jr., Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr., Ff. Evan Kutzin and Junior Ff. Todd Lenarski Jr.

Rescue 22 was commanded by Ff. Richard Farletta, driven by Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr., and crewed by Ff. Ed Budzinski and Ff. Andrew Fosina.

Slackwood Chief Michael Oakley, who responded at 8:24 p.m., arrived at 8:27 p.m. and reported he had a working fire inside the Side D wall. The home's aluminum siding was charged with electricity at that time, so he requested an expedited response from PSE&G.

Telesquirt 22 arrived at 8:27 p.m. and its crew stretched a pair of 1.75-inch hoselines into a stand by position. Engine 22, meanwhile, arrived at 8:31 p.m. and laid 300 feet of 5-inch hose to a hydrant to supply Telesquirt 22.

Snorkel 21, Ladder Tower 23, Rescue 23 and Engine 21 all also reached the scene at 8:31 p.m., followed by Rescue 22 at 8:34 p.m.
Power was secured to the home by 8:33 p.m., which allowed firefighters to then use axes and other tools to cut the aluminum siding and open part of the wall to expose the hidden flames.

A small area of fire was found and quickly extinguished. Thermal imaging cameras were used to check the interior of the house but no fire extension was found.

Lawrence Road Chief Wayne Hannon arrived on the location at 8:36 p.m. and assumed command from Oakley. At 8:43 p.m., with all visible fire out and no evidence of any extension, Hannon recalled all units with the exception of Telesquirt 22, Snorkel 21 and Rescue 23.
Rescue 22 was back in quarters by 8:49 p.m., while Engine 22 (after taking up the supply line) returned to Station 22 by 9:05 a.m.

Telesquirt 22 and the remaining units all cleared the scene by 9:09 p.m. Telesquirt 22 was in quarters by 9:12 p.m.

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