Four Alarm Structure Fire in Wall Township, New Jersey

Wall Fire dispatch received numerous calls reporting a working fire at Allied Building Products located at 2025 State Highway 34. South Wall Fire-Rescue was dispatched at approximately 11:45 am. The first arriving fire units reported a working fire in the two story commercial building, constructed of corrugated steel and masonry. A Wall Township general alarm was transmitted, bringing Glendola Fire Company, Wall Fire Company #1 and Point Pleasant Beach Fire Department as the FAST unit.

5" LDH was deployed for a water supply and an aggressive interior attack of the fire commenced by South Wall units, with assistance from Wall Township's fire inspectors. The heavy fire conditions and quickly advancing fire forced the incident commander, Deputy Chief Casey Larrison, to order units to retreat to a defensive operation.

Additional alarms were transmitted for tower ladders, extra engines for water supply and manpower for relief purposes. The temperature of the day ranged from the mid to upper 90's.

Tower ladders that operated included South Wall 100' tower ladder, Point Pleasant Beach 100' tower ladder, Wall Fire Company #1 75' aerial, Spring Lake Heights 100' tower ladder, Manasquan Hook & Ladder 100' tower ladder and Glendola Fire Company 95' tower ladder. These units released a deluge of water onto the heavy fire conditions.

The inundation of water continued for approximately 60 minutes, after which a track hoe was placed into service to dismantle the remains to expose pockets of fire located under the corrugated steel and concrete flooring. Fire units suppressed fire throughout the night and most of the following day.

Additional events that occurred at the scene were the coordination of events by Wall OEM, including evacuations, rehab for firefighters and other emergency workers, air sampling, law enforcement and traffic diversion plans. A massive contingent of EMS was also on scene.

Fire departments that operated at this incident included: South Wall Fire-Rescue, Wall Fire Company #1, Glendola Fire Company, Point Pleasant Beach Fire Department, Brielle Fire Department, Manasquan Fire Department, Neptune Fire Department, Sea Girt Fire Department, Spring Lake Heights Fire Department, Oakhurst Fire Department, Point Pleasant Fire Department, Asbury Park Fire Department, Avon Fire Department, Fort Monmouth Fire Department and Ramtown Fire Department.

Other agencies that operated at this incident included: Wall Township Police Department, Wall Township OEM, Wall Township Fire Bureau, Wall Township Building Department, Neptune Township OEM, Monmouth County Fire Marshal's Office, Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, Monmouth County Sheriffs Department - Communications, NJ State Police, NJ DOT, NJ DEP, Monmouth County HAZ-MAT, Wall Public Works, Lertch Wrecking American Red Cross, MONOC.