On Monday, November 21, 2016 at 0346 hours members of the Mantua Township Fire District were dispatched to 729 Mehorter Blvd in the City of Woodbury for a reported dwelling fire. Chief 501 responded and was advised of numerous calls reporting heavy fire with multiple exposures and multiple injuries. With that Squad Company 2211 responded with a crew of five personnel. Chief 501 arrived on scene and reported two dwellings well involved with fire and that numerous patients were being transported to area hospitals. Command ordered Engine Company 511 and Quint 516 to go into service on the two main fire buildings with numerous master streams.
Squad Company 2211 arrived as the third due company and laid in from the hydrant at Driscoll Avenue and Edith Avenue. Crew from Squad 2211 stretched 1-2 1/2″ hand line, 2-1 3/4″ hand lines, a booster line as well as the deck gun to help knock down the active fire. While operating the radiant heat from the intial fire building was so strong that the exposure at 375 Driscoll Avenue became involved in fire. Chief 501 ordered 2211 and 1311’s crews to make an interior attack on the residence at 375 Driscoll Avenue. Crews were faced with heavy fire conditions on the second floor, which was quickly knocked down with an 1 3/4″ hand line. Crews then kept the exterior of the structure cool until the bulk of the fire was brought under control.
Once the bulk of the fire was brought under control, 2211 and 1311’s crews were ordered to assist with an interior attack on the residence at 723 Mehorter Avenue. Crews assisted 511 and 516’s crew with knocking down the bulk of the fire and overhauling the badly damaged residence. Once all three fires were contained and extinguished, crews stood by assisting with salvage and overhaul until released by command. The fire remains under investigation by the Woodbury City Fire Marshal’s Office and Gloucester County Fire Marshal’s Office. District 22 units operated on scene until approximately 0830 hours without any injuries to report.