Date: December 18, 2021
Location: 199 Ambler Street -Westville
Incident: Dwelling – 2 Alarms
Division 1: 6200
Division 2: Battalion 504
Gloucester County Fire Coordinator 58101
Regional Cover companies
Radio Operations: Fire 1 / Fire Ground 2
Taskforce 7 dispatched to a reported dwelling fire that was extending per the caller. Dispatch reported Police on location confirming a working fire. Chief 701 was a mile out with smoke showing. He advised dispatch that the complex had limited access with a water source at the end of the street.
Chief 701 arrived on scene with a two story, ordinary construction with heavy fire conditions from the first and second floors rapidly extending into the roof and exposing apartments.
Engine 733 lead off with a transitional fire attack. Established a water supply. Taskforce Chiefs arrived ICS staff implemented. Ladder 736 the first truck company went to the roof to open up.
All occupants were accounted for.
Operations officer with the Division officers deployed the companies for extinguishment and containment. With all hands being used and still heavy smoke conditions and fire reaching the roof area the second alarm was stuck.
Engine 733 lost its water supply but was picked up by Engine 812. Due to the limited access it took a little more time for the second alarm companies to reach the Fire-ground due to their apparatus having to be placed blocks away.
With the help of Westville OEM, Public works, Mayor Sims and Council-members with GCEMS all the residents from the complex were removed from the scene by the Borough shuttle bus and taken to the Westville Community Center where the Red Cross was there to assist them.
No injuries reported. The fire is under investigation with the Westville Fire Marshal Office.
A day like this shows the importance of a local volunteer fire department and it’s mutual aid companies! Thank you to a job well done!
Special Thank you!
Deptford Canteen 9 for your fire ground refreshments and the moving to the Westville Community Center for the residents that were effected.
To the 9-1-1 dispatchers that from the first phone call to dispatching all the companies out of Gloucester and Camden County’s working with command for a successful outcome under the conditions.
Photos provided by 856 Photography and Westville FD.