Camden Fire Department
Fire, Rescue, & Safety Operations
October 11 & October 12, 2011
Gas Leaks and a Gas Grill


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. 

In the early evening hours of October 11, a female civilian rang the alarm at Liberty Station, reporting that a man had been stabbed in a vacant building at 517 Mechanic Street, less than 100 yards away. Camden Fire Department and Police Department personnel found the victim, extricated him from the boarded-up edifice and turned him over to EMS personnel. He was taken to Cooper Hospital and was eventually pronounced dead. After 10:00 PM that evening, the Camden Fire Department was called on to investigate a gas leak at 818 Division Street, which turned out to be a false alarm. At the same time, Engine Company 11 was dispatched to the intersection of North 29th Street and Adams Avenue in Cramer Hill, to investigate a strange odor. While the odor was present, its source was not apparent. Rescue Company 1 was dispatched to aid in the investigation. No combustible or explosive substances were detected in the atmosphere, ruling out a gas leak. One theory regarding the source of the odor was that it may have been from a skunk. It was determined that there was no danger to the general public, and units returned to quarters. Not long afterwards, units were dispatched to the Northgate I Apartments at 433 North 7th Street to respond to what turned out to be the alarm malfunctioning, again. A day does not go by without units being sent to this poorly run and poorly maintained building.

At 3:33 PM on October 12, 2011 units of the Camden Fire Department responded to a call regarding smoke coming a two-story house at 386 Marlton Avenue. The source of the smoke was a fire at the rear of the building, caused by someone operating a gas barbecue grill up against an exterior wall. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Fire dispatcher Matt DeGailler gave the following account of the incident:

On October 12, 2011 at 1533 hours Engine 11, Squad 9 (Engine company utilizing spare Rescue apparatus), Ladder 3, Ladder 1, Ladder 2 (Fast Truck), and Battalion 1 were dispatched to 386 Marlton Avenue for a report of smoke from the rear of dwelling. Ladder 3 arrived on location with light smoke showing, and investigated. At 1539 Ladder 3 Command reported an exterior fire with no extension. All units were recalled with the exception of the first due Engine (Engine Company 11) and Truck (Ladder Company 3). All units clear 1553 hours.

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

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October 11, 2011 - North 29th Street & Adams Avenue
Darien Gans & Kevin Pollard

Ronald Wrobel - Frank Sandrock - Bobby Eckert - Battalion Chief Frank Saia - Eli Hall

Ronald Wrobel - Frank Sandrock - Battalion Chief Frank Saia

Ronald Wrobel - Frank Sandrock - Battalion Chief Frank Saia

Ronald Wrobel - Frank Sandrock - ______________

Ronald Wrobel

Bobby Eckert - Eli Hall

Bobby Eckert - Darien Gans

Kevin Pollard

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October 11, 2011 - Liberty Station
Rescue 1 returning to quarters

Eli Hall

Frank Sandrock

Gary Lyons

________ - Eli Hall - Frank Sandrock

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A Camden Police officer who had been at the 517 Mechanic Street crime scene
stopped by Liberty Station and cleaned some depbris from his shows.

October 11, 2011 - 517 Mechanic Street
Mechanic Street and Broadway, around 11:30 PM October 11, 2011
Camden Police and County Prosecutor's Office personnel at 517 Mechanic Street crime scene.

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October 11, 2011 - 386 Marlton Pike
Javier Torres - __________ - Oscar Alejandro - Battalion Chief Frank Saia - Joel Bain

Joel Bain - Battalion Chief Frank Saia

I've seen bicylcles and motorcycles chained to a pole, but never a stroller. This was a first!

Battalion Chief Frank Saia - Javier Torres

Engine 6 and Ladder 1

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October 12, 2011 - 386 Marlton Pike
John Church and David Goree

Javier Matos - Kevin Folkman - ________ - Denis O'Reilly

Greg DePetris

Geronimo Santana


Greg DePetris & Javier MAtos


Geronimo Santana, Greg DePetris & Javier Matos


Sam Balakas - Javier Matos - David Dilks - Carlos Colon

Javier Matos - David Dilks - Carlos Colon

David Dilks  Sam Balakas

Ladder 3

Engine 11

Engine 11

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