Multiple Alarm Marcal Fire in Elmwood Park

On Wednesday evening, Chief 20 and Engine 23 were requested to respond to Elmwood Park, to cover their Company 4 firehouse while they were heavily engaged with firefighting operations at the Marcal Paper Plant. Shortly after arriving on-scene, Oradell was redirected to the scene with the River Edge Fire Department, to help establish a new water supply, drafting water from the Passaic River. Oradell worked with fire departments from River Edge, East Newark, Paramus, and Fort Lee, to get water to a Wayne Tower Ladder for fire suppression nearly 4000′ away.

Drafting and relay pumping is not the easiest nor the most glamorous task on the firegound on a 4 degree night, but water supply is one of the most critical tasks to be completed at any large fire.

3rd Alarm – Canterbury Lane – New Milford

At 11:45 hours, Oradell was requested to respond to Canterbury Lane in New Milford for a working fire.  A fire on a deck had extended into the interior of a condo complex. Chief 20, Chief 201, Engine 23, & Squad 22 responded to the scene to assist with searching for victims, laddering, fire suppression, and overhaul.  The incident was escalated to a 3rd Alarm, bringing several additional departments to the scene before the fire was brought under control.

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3rd Alarm – Kinderkamack Road

On Tuesday around 18:00 hours, the fire department was dispatched to the 200 block of Kinderkamack Road for a reported house fire which was quickly confirmed by Oradell Police, who also advised of an occupant possibly trapped inside.

Oradell Squad 22 was the first arriving unit, secured a water supply and stretched an initial attack line to the front of the structure to begin knocking down the fire.  River Edge Ladder 1 arrived on-scene shortly after (already out on another alarm) and quickly worked to get a ground ladder around the rear of the building where a trapped occupant was reported to be located.  Members of Squad 22 and Ladder 1 were able to successfully remove the trapped occupant from a roof in the rear of the building.

Several mutual aid companies operated on-scene to bring the fire under control within two hours.

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Working Fire – Garden Place

At 1:50PM, companies were dispatched to the 200 block of Garden Place in Oradell, for a reported structure fire.  First arriving units reported smoke coming from the house and confirmed a working fire in a private dwelling.  A deep seated fire was found in the attic that was quickly extinguished, however, unusual construction conditions in the attic required extensive overhaul operations.  This 3rd Alarm Fire brought several mutual aid companies to the scene as well as to cover our firehouse.  Companies operated on-scene for about two hours.

Photo’s Courtesy of Chris Saraceno.

 

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