Camden Fire Department
Fire, Rescue, & Safety Operations
October 3, 2011
738 Walnut Street


This page and the other pages in this series are the successors to the series of web-page about the Camden Fire Department called Camden Fire Department: The Fires of the Summer of 2011. On this and other pages in the series you will find pictures and information regarding different events and aspects of the fire service in Camden, New Jersey. 

Monday October 3, 2011 was a very busy day in Camden, with a fire in a vacant rowhouse at 738 Walnut Street going all hands in the ate morning hours. While this was being attended to, several other jobs were reported, requiring companies from surrounding towns to come to the city to lend assistance. Fire Dispatcher Matt DeGailler reported the events.

At 1113 hours, companies were dispatched 730 Walnut Street in response to multiple calls for a dwelling fire. The following companies were dispatched, Squad 7, Engine 1, Engine 10 (2nd source company). Ladder 1, Ladder 3, Ladder 2 (Fast Truck), and Battalion 1. Upon arrival it was found that the fire was at 738 Walnut Street. Battalion 1 (Battalion Chief Frank Saia) on location at 1117 hours with a two-story middle of the row dwelling, heavy fire, possibly extending to Bravo and Delta exposures, striking all hands. All hands brought Engine 9 (Resource Company), and Car 3, (Deputy Chief Michael DiPascale). Car 6 (Battalion Chief Don Johnson) also responded. Car 3 struck second alarm at 1133 hours, bringing Engine 11 (acting as Engine 1), Squad 51 from Gloucester City, Ladder 16 from Collingswood, and Car 1 (Camden Chief of Department Michael Harper). At 1139 hours Car 1 reported extension to Bravo and Charlie exposures, numerous handlines stretched and operating, bulk of the fire knocked down, fire now probable will hold. Car 1 placed the fire under control at 1202 hours. 

During this time numerous mutual aid units operating in city at in response to other incidents during the second alarm. Camden Fire Department Engine 11 (acting as Engine 1) covered a call concerning an illegal electrical hookup at 705 South 3rd Street at 1123 hours. Car 1 and Engine 18-3 from Oaklyn, Squad 51 from Gloucester City, and Ladder 16 from Collingswood were  dispatched at 1126 hours to 1995 Ferry Avenue in response to an activated fire alarm. Ladder 16 investigated and recalled from the assignment, which was cause by an accident by workmen o premises. At 1146 hours units were sent to 908 South 3rd Street for a reported basement fire, which was found in the vacant house next door at 910 South 3rd Street. Squad 51 extinguished a small interior rubbish fire, recalled the balance. At 1159 hours, Ladder 18-3 dispatched to was 3225 Mount Ephraim Avenue, the Newton Creek Trailer park, for a report of a malfunctioning heater. At 1210 hours, Engine 11 (acting as Engine 1) was dispatched to Morgan Boulevard in the area of Route 676 for possible smoke in the area. This report was proven to be unfounded. At 1218 hours, Engine 11 (acting as Engine 1), Squad 51, Ladder 16, Ladder 15-1 from Westmont, Ladder 18-3, and Car 1 were dispatched to 1241 Macarthur Drive to cover a reported kitchen fire. Engine 11 (acting as Engine 1) arrived at the address, a one story middle of the row dwelling, with light smoke showing. Battalion 504 from Gloucester City reported a pot of meat, handling by Engine 11 (acting as Engine 1) and Ladder 16 from Collingswood.  

As with the web page covering other Camden Fire Department events, if you can identify anyone that I've missed, please e-mail me. (I'm terrible at at names and faces).

Phil Cohen
September 27 2011

Looking West on the 700 Block of Walnut Street from South 8th Street - 11:28 AM
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angelo Decaro - Battalion Chief Don Johnson

 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

Sergeant John Maddox of the Camden Police Department - Fire Marshall Ted Balabuch

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11:52 AM

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At approximately 11:54 AM Captain Frank Sandrock of the Camden Fire Department informed me that there was another fire being taken care of a few blocks away, at 908 South 3rd Street, the corner of South 3rd Street and Joint Alley. I drove over there, and found Gloucester City's Squad 51 on scene, accompanied by Camden Police Department officer Steven Fritz. A small trash fire in the basement of an abandoned end of row property had been extinguished. Collingswood's Ladder Company 16 arrived moments later. I took a few pictures, then returned to the 700 block of Walnut Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At 12:02 Camden Fire Department Chief Michael Harper placed the fire on Walnut Street under control, and companies began to be pulled from the scene. Having just arrived back on scene, I began shooting pictures at 12:03.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Barrientos

 

 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

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Al Ashley - Jerry Medina - Orlando Chandler

Jerry Medina Orlando Chandler

Al Ashley - Jerry Medina - Orlando Chandler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Ed Vincent

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Kevin Seybold

   

Orlando Chandler - Ed Frontado

Alexander Plaza - Javier Torres - Joel Bain

Alexander Plaza - Javier Torres - Joel Bain

Alexander Plaza

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