Camden, New Jersey Firefighters Make Quick Work of Center City Blaze

Shortly after 6 am on September 26, 2005, Camden, New Jersey Firefighters were getting ready to make relief after working their 24 hour tour. They had just battled two previous working "all hands" fires a few hours before, and they had one hour to go before heading home when the tones went out for a building fire on the 400 block of Broadway, in the downtown section of the city.

Updates from fire radio reported they were receiving numerous calls with possible entrapment on the 3rd floor.

First arriving units reported they had heavy fire showing from a row of three story buildings.

Battalion Chief 1, Dan Rossi, was arriving and requested an all hands box to be transmitted and asked for the 2nd alarm.

Rescue Company 1 with Ladder 1 were making primary searches of the upper floors and members of Ladder Company 3 were opening the roof as Engine Companies 1, 6, 7, 8, and 10 were stretching in water lines and hooking up.

Car 3, Deputy Chief David Yates, reported he had heavy fire in a three story MOD and the fire was doubtful at this time. Progress report #2 stated that all searches were negative, and companies making an interior attack, pulling ceiling and two ladder pipes working, and the fire was darkening down still doubtful.

Report #3 stayed that the Fire was darkening down and good progress was being made. Number 4 stated that all fire knocked down probably will hold and all occupants were accounted for. Number 5, by orders of Car 3, place the fire under control.

Camden EMS units stood by and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.