On Aug. 11, 2010, the Newark, NJ, Fire Department responded to Box 1542, South 20th and Ferdinand streets, for a reported fire. Companies transmitted a second alarm on arrival when confronted with a fully involved, three-story, 60-by-35-foot vacant multiple dwelling. The fire extended to several vacant dwellings and jumped the street to a three-story occupied multiple dwelling as firefighters battled not only flames, but dead hydrants and downed wires. The fire reached a fifth alarm with assistance from several mutual aid departments. Numerous firefighters suffered heat-related injuries.
Dedication: This month’s Firehouse ® is dedicated to Firefighter John Polimine, 51, of the Scalp Level & Paint Volunteer Fire Company in Windber, PA; Lieutenant Donnie Caldwell, 74, of the Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department in Ghent, WV; and Fire Chief Paul Johnson, 63, of the Crow Roost Fire Department in Fort Cobb, OK, who died in the line of duty, May 2010.
Cover by: Michael Coppola