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.
At approximately 1:35 PM on March 6, 2012 a fire was reported in the abandoned building at 440-442 Kaighn Avenue, which until the mid-2000s had been the site of Henry Supply, a plumbing fixtures and supplies business which had been a fixture on Kaighn Avenue for decades. Long abandoned and used by squatters, addicts, and prostitutes, smoke and small fires had been reported at this location many times over the past few years, most reports turning out to be nothing of any consequence. This time would be different.
Battalion reported heavy fire through the roof of the vacant building and requested the second alarm be struck. All companies were placed in service with master streams. Mutual Aid was rendered by Ladder 16 from Collingswood. Command reported water supply issues and special called two additional tower ladders and FAST company from Gloucester City. Command reported partial collapse of the roof and that there was difficulty getting water onto the fire due to the building's construction. Ladder 13-24 from Cherry Hill arrived and was placed in service in front of the building.
With heavy fire coming through the roof, the building was soon a total loss. Crews performed defensive operations for several hours before clearing the scene. Ladder 13-24 was instrumental in pulling down the front wall of the building.
The Camden County Fire Marshal, Camden City Fire Marshal, Camden Police Department, and numerous BLS units assisted at the scene. Besides the above mentioned departments, a company from Westmont also assisted at the scene
All photos are presented in the order in which they were taken. There are so many images for this fire that I have split coverage of this fire into four parts, this being Page 4. There are links below to return to Page 1, Page 2, or Page 3.
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).
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