On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 1833 hours members of the Mantua Township Fire District and Pitman Fire Company No. 1 were dispatched to 108 Adams Avenue for a reported dwelling fire. Squad Company 2211 responded in less than one minute with a staffed crew of five personnel. While en route Captain FM 22 arrived on scene reporting smoke showing from a 1 1/2 story single family dwelling. FM 22 confirmed an active fire in the basement and requested the All Hands be struck. At that time, Engine Company 2213 responded with a crew of three personnel and both Squad 2211 and Engine 2213 arrived on scene simultaneously, 2213 assumed First Due responsibilities.
The crew from 2213 supplemented by duty officer LT 2205 stretched a single 1 3/4 inch hand line into the basement, where they were faced with heavy smoke conditions; however, crews were unable to locate the fire in the basement, which was hidden behind a wall in the B/C corner of the dwelling. After a systematic search of the basement area, crews forced the door to a wine cellar and then into a mechanical room, where they were faced with heavy fire conditions. Engine Company 2213’s crew supplemented by Squad Company 2211’s crew were able to quickly knock down the active fire; however the fire had extended to the exterior wall, which was stopped by RIC 516’s crew and Quint 2816’s crew.
Once the fire was brought under control, crews performed salvage and overhaul and deployed mechanical ventilation to limit any further smoke or water damage. Crews were able to limit the damage to the mechanical room and kitchen area salvaging all furniture and household valuables. At that time, the scene was turned over to FM 22 and FI 2204 for the investigation. The fire remains under investigation by the Mantua Township Fire Marshal’s Office.
Units on Location: Captains 2203 and FM 22, Squad Company 2211, Engine Companies 2212, 2213 and 22832, Quint 2816 Brush 2215, RIC 1038 and 516, as well as BLS 22 and BLS 26.