On Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1018 hours members of the Mantua Township Fire District and Pitman Fire Company No. 1 were dispatched to 62 Taylor Avenue for a reported dwelling fire. Squad Company 2211 responded immediately with a crew of four personnel and were advised by Gloucester County Communications that there were numerous reports of a working fire. At that time Chief 2201 responded and requested a special response from Quint 516 and Engine 911.
Chief 2201 arrived on scene reported a 45 x 25 double wide trailer with heavy fire showing from the rear, extending to numerous structures and brush. Engine Company 2213 responded and were given first due responsibilities to stretch two 1 3/4″ hand lines to the rear of the dwelling to knock down the active exterior fire to determine if the fire had extended into the dwelling. Squad Company 2211 arrived second due and laid into the scene from Bridgeton Pike and Monroe Avenue disturbing traffic on Bridgeton Pike.
The combined staffing from both companies quickly knocked down all active fire, and crews forced entry into the residence containing the active fire to the rear of the dwelling. The fire was placed under control at 1035 hours and crews mopped up all exterior fires and adjacent structure fires. Crews then overhauled the dwelling and performed a secondary check of the makeshift dwelling with thermal imaging, which revealed negative results.
The scene was then turned over to FM 22 for investigation. The fire remains under investigation by the Mantua Township Fire Marshal’s office. Traffic on Bridgeton Pike was only disturbed for approximately 45 minutes and a detour was set up by Mantua Township Police Department.
Units on location: Chief 2201, Squad Company 2211, Engine Companies 2213, 2212 and 911, Quints 516 and 2816, and Utility 2217 as well as BLS 22.