On July 23rd, at 3:40 PM, Fire District #3 was Dispatched to the address of 140 Victor Street for a Brush fire in the backyard. Car 27 called in service and reported to County Dispatch that he had a column of smoke in the air and requested a re-tone of District 3.
On the arrival of Car 27, he had a large area of grass burning behind the homes and fire extending to multiple buildings. A second alarm was requested for a working building fire since fire had extended to three houses. Ladder 25 and Engine 272 arrived together, and 2 hand lines were pulled off Engine 272 to attack the building fires. Asst Chief 25 had operations with the crews. Ladder 27 arrived and the crew hand stretched a supply line for Engine 272. The operator of Ladder 25 set the tower up in front of the house. Car 25 arrived and took over operations and Asst. Chief 25 took over interior of 138 Victor St. Engine 27 arrived and the crew took a 3rd line to the rear of the houses with Middlebush Engine 442 to assist in fire control of the brush fire, fencing and siding that was burning. Deputy 27 arrived and started a manpower pool in front of the building. Rescue 56 arrived and set up as RIC in front of the building. Other companies arrived on scene and assisted in overhaul and with extinguishment of the fire. Other units on scene were Car 272, Car 273, Car 274, Car 275, Utility 27, Utility 272 Squad 27, Engine 253, Bound Brook Squad 23, NBFD E-1, North Brunswick Truck 209, Finderne Eng 301, Somerset & Middlesex County Fire Mutual Aid, RWJH EMS, No.Brunswick MAB, and Franklin Twp Fire Prevention. Cover Companies were New Market Fire Dept, Kendall Park Fire Co., Millstone Valley Fire Dept., North Brunswick #3, Griggstown Fire, and Elizabeth Ave. Fire Dept.,
The fire damaged 5 houses and left 2 families to find shelter until their homes can be repaired. The fire was caused by a careless cigarette. Great job by everybody on scene with the conditions we were faced.