New Jersey Crews Battle Fire

On Nov. 17, at approximately 2 p.m., a call was received for a fire on the balcony next to building 27 at the Lake View Apartments on Lower Landing Road in Gloucester Township.

The caller also stated there were possibly animals trapped. A second call was received reporting smoke from the roof.

Task Force 82 was dispatched to the location. At 209, Chief 8201 arrived and reported medium smoke showing from the roof. He ordered the first arriving Engine Company to go in operation with a hand line. 8201 also requested the all hands box be filled out.

Companies gained access into the building and reported heavy fire in the attic area above four to five units.

At 2:21 p.m., 8201 requested the second alarm be transmitted. Command reported heavy fire conditions with fire spreading to the Bravo and Delta exposures. Command reported he would be placing both Truck Companies in operation with Ladder Pipes shortly.

At 2:31 p.m., all companies were pulled from the building as crews set up for defensive operations as fire was through the roof.

At the 40 minute mark, Command reported the bulk of the fire through the roof had been knocked down, as crews were entering the exposures to check for extension.

Animal control was called for 2 kittens who were brought out of the fire building. One kitten jumped to safety from a third floor window to awaiting firefighters in the Bucket of the Ladder.

At the 50 minute mark, Command reported the bulk of the fire was knocked down as crews continued to check for extension. The American Red Cross was requested for the displaced occupants.

At 3:14 p.m. the fire was placed under control.

No injuries were reported on the fire ground. The Camden County Fire Marshals are investigating the cause of the fire at this time.