Local 3786 Assists West Windsor at House Fire
WEST WINDSOR – August 2, 2007 – Firefighters from Washington Township IAFF Local 3786 responded to assist firefighters from West Windsor IAFF Local 3610 at a house fire this afternoon.
Firefighters from West Windsor received a call reporting a house on fire at 117 Rabbit Hill Road. Firefighters arrived to find fire and heavy smoke showing from a two story duplex. Residents of the home confirmed that everyone had gotten out of the house safely prior to the arrival of the fire department.
Local 3610 members made an aggressive interior attack knocking down much of the fire in a second floor bedroom and attic. Firefighters from Washington Township Engine 40 arrived ahead of West Windsor’s volunteer ladder and were ordered to the roof to ventilate the building. Once ventilation had been performed conditions on the second floor became more tenable for the interior crews.
While ventilation was progressing, additional personnel from Engine 40 assisted with knocking down fire that had extended to the exterior of the house. Once all work was complete firefighters took a breather. West Windsor Township’s Emergency Services Chief Jim Yates had requested a second alarm due to the extreme heat (96 degrees) and humidity. Even though the fire was extinguished prior to arrival of second alarm units, all companies were held for extensive salvage and overhaul. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Local 3610 fire investigator Brian Magnin.
Special thanks to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad for bringing their rehab unit to the scene and providing cold drinks and wet towels to the men. Also responding to the incident were Princeton Junction, Plainsboro, East Windsor, Mercerville and Lawrenceville Fire Companies as well as East Windsor Rescue Squad.