Today, at around 2:30 PM, Station 51 was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire with possible entrapment in Station 52's response district on Stony Brook Rd. Tower 51 was the first apparatus on the road out of Station 51 followed by Tanker 51 and then Engine 51. First arriving units were aware of the magnitude and seriousness of the conditions they would face as they could visibly see a column of smoke en route to the scene. Upon arrival, it was confirmed that there were no victims entrapped. Heavy smoke and fire was present throughout the structure and the all hands was declared. Chief 51 was delegated as Operations Chief and Tower 51's crew immediately went to work upon arrival. Tower 51's crew stretched lines through a haze of smoke up to the structure, operated those lines, set up a Blitzfire monitor for greater water flow, and eventually completed over haul operations. Tanker 51 was assigned to a tanker task force to help ensure adequate water supply throughout the incident. Engine 51's manpower assisted with various tasks on scene. The fire was placed under control by 3:30 PM.
Mutual aid from Ewing, Princeton, Lawrence, Montgomery, Plainsboro and West Amwell assisted with this incident. Cover assignments were put in place to cover the township while Hopewell companies operated on scene. Some units remained on scene until 6:00 PM. Thank you especially to Station 31 from Ewing for covering Station 51.
Photo Credit - Matt Neubert (Pennington Fire Company)