On Tuesday February 19, Ladder 82 and Engine 88 were dispatched as part of Taskforce 84 for a reported apartment fire at Huntington Mews in Blackwood. 8401 arrived on location with smoke showing and struck the All Hands. Engine 88 arrived as the first due engine, laying in from the hydrant to secure a water supply, and stretched a line for a working kitchen fire. Ladder 82 took a position to the rear of the building, and provided manpower to aid in lighting, laddering, and forcing entry. The fire was quickly placed under control and crews were released shortly thereafter. No injuries to residents or firefighters were reported, though one pet was located deceased.
Two families were displaced after a fire broke out at an apartment at Millbridge Gardens shortly after 10pm on Sunday February 17. Engine 88 arrived first due with heavy fire from the rear of the upstairs apartment, and quickly struck the 2nd Alarm. Crews battled the fire for 35 minutes before placing it under control, though they remained on scene for several more hours performing overhaul and assisting with the investigation. One unit was a total loss, and a second sustained smoke and water damage. No civilians were injured, though one firefighter was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. In all, the Chews Landing Fire Dept. was aided by units from Blackwood, Erial, Lambs Terrace, Blenheim, Runnemede, Lindenwold, Pine Hill, Somerdale, and Cherry Hill Rehab 13, along with multiple companies that responded to provide cover assignments.
Just a few hours after clearing a Dwelling fire in Lindenwold, crews were back at it again in Blenheim. In the early morning hours of February 15, Engine 83 responded to a vehicle fire at 17 Cherry Ln. in the Blenheim section of the township. Upon arrival, Engine 83 had a heavily involved vehicle in close proximity to a home, and requested the dwelling box due potential extension. Engine 88 arrived second due, laying a supply line and conducting a search of the residence, while Engine 83 went into service on the vehicle with foam. Chief Millisky assumed Incident Command, with Battalion 82 (Johnson) and the crew of support 82 stretching a second line to the vehicle. Extension to the home was found to be negative.
In the evening of February 14, Ladder 82 and Engine 88 were dispatched to Lindenwold for a Dwelling fire. Searches determined the structure was vacant at the time. Engine 88, clearing up from a call in Gloucester Twp., arrived second due and manned a back up line for Engine 62, while Ladder 82 went into service with its main once crews went defensive. Units cleared after over an hour, and returned to service.
Shortly before Noon on Thanksgiving Day, Chews Landing Fire Dept. responded to 211 Landing Rd. for a turkey fryer fire. 8201 arrived on location to a turkey fryer that had ignited and spread to surrounding landscaping. Engine 88 arrived and made quick work with a water can. Though this was a minor fire, it highlights the importance of taking proper precautions when using these fryers. Due to the homeowner using proper care placing the fryer well away from the home and any surrounding objects, there was only minimal property loss of the fryer, a folding table, and some landscaping. While Engine 88 was still engaged here, Engine 82 (having just cleared this location) and Rescue 82 responded to the south end of the township for a reported dwelling fire. First arriving units there reported the fire contained to the oven, and the assignment was quickly recalled. We here at Chews Landing Fire Dept. would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and urge everyone to please take care and use caution while preparing your holiday meals.