Camden Fire Department
Fire, Rescue, & Safety Operations
January 10, 2012
Car Fire at 3310 Lemuel Avenue


This page and the other pages in this series are the successors to the series of web-page about the Camden Fire Department that began with the page 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. 

Car fires are an unreported but sadly all to frequent event in the city of Camden. In the year 2011 the Camden Fire Department was dispatched to deal with car fires 184 times. This is not at all unusual, there have been roughly 150 to 200 car fires per year for quite some time. Some of these fires are a result of accidents, some from poor maintenance of vehicles. The majority, however, appear to be arsons. In some cases, cars are stolen by joyriders who end their "fun" by setting the stolen vehicle on fire. There are some cases where cars are taken to Camden and set on fire, then reported as stolen so that the owner or lessee can get out of the monthly payments. Whatever the motive behind these arsons, the fact of the matter is that cost in man-hours, equipment, and materials to deal with them is quite high. If there is any upside at all it is that in most cases these blazes can be extinguished safely and without injury to Department personnel. 

At approximately 1:43 AM units were dispatched to North 34th Street and Lemuel Avenue in East Camden. I was awake, processing pictures from the fire that had taken place mid-afternoon at 121 North 26th Street. I grabbed coat and camera to see what was going on with this early morning fire as I know there is an unoccupied frame house at 35th and Lemuel that might be a target for knucklehead arsonists. Fortunately this was not the case, just another car set ablaze (either for "fun" or insurance). Engine Company 9 - Captain Larry Buckingham, Firefighters Mark Bundy, Julio Ramos, and Luis Sanchez Jr.- were still operating when I arrived on scene. My first picture was taken at 1:59 AM, and the last one was taen at 2:19 AM. There are some interesting photographs here showing work in getting into the trunk and hood of the torched vehicle.

All photos are presented in the order in which they were taken. 

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). I'm somewhat behind as of this writing in captioning photos, as things have been quite busy since New Years Day! 

Phil Cohen
January 12, 2012

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