At 4:36 A.M. on Nov. 7, 2009, a fire alarm was relayed to the Borough of Buena Police 911 center in Atlantic County, NJ, for a fire at 1118 Black Horse Pike in the Borough of Folsom, the Horsin' Around Bar & Grille. Dispatched on the call was a single-station response for the Borough of Folsom...
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At 7:40 A.M., Tower 9 and Ladder 11 were shut down for interior operations to begin. A backhoe from Borough of Folsom Public Works and an excavator from a private contractor, Joe Bass Excavation of Franklinville, began opening up the structure. At 8:35 A.M., foam units from the Star Cross and Weymouth volunteer fire companies began a foam operation to extinguish the basement fire. By 9:22 A.M., all remaining fire was extinguished, including the upper floors of the two-story fire building, which was done via the safety of Ladder 11.
The excavator remained in operation for most of the day, tearing into the building and allowing for complete extinguishment. Investigators from the New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Division of Fire Safety were investigating the cause of the fire as a leaking fuel line in the basement.
DENNIS C. SHARPE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, a 30-year veteran of the fire service, is captain of Farmington Volunteer Fire Company 4 of the Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Fire Department. He is an instructor with Atlantic County's Anthony "Tony" Canale Fire Training Center, drillmaster of the EHTFD, and a licensed construction official, fire subcode official and high-hazard specialist. Sharpe may be reached at email@example.com or via his website www.sharpephotography.org.