At 1831 hrs. this night the residential box was struck out for the 500 block of Hanover Avenue on the west side of Cherry Hill sending engines Squrt 1351, 1322, Ladder 1324, Battalion 13, and EMS 13, and BLS 1392 on the first alarm. The fire was reported to be a Christmas tree and that all occupants had self evacuated. The first arriving unit was a CHPD patrol car and reported that they had smoke showing. The first arriving fire apparatus – Sq 1351 and reported smoke showing and will be operating with an 1 3/4″ line with a water supply across Hanover Ave from the fire dwelling.
When Battalion 13 arrived the conditions report was upgraded to fire throughout the entire first floor and the “all hands” was requested. An additional ladder was requested from Westmont (Sta 15-1) and the mobile cascade unit from Pennsauken Fire which brought Cascade 11 to the scene. Two additional lines (1 3/4″) were stretched to the interior to stop extension to the 2nd floor and for searches to proceed. Pennsauken Engine 1132 was also requested to respond to the scene for RIT coverage. All searches were negative. Additional county units were called to cover Cherry Hill Stations until units form Cherry Hill could be released from the fire scene. The Cherry Hill Fire Police were also dispatched on the “all hands” box for traffic and scene security. The fire was placed under control around 30 minutes after arrival.
Rehab 13 units responded with (6) personnel with (2) units and took a position about (2) properties away on Hanover Avenue. Rehab 13 provided liquids and snack foods and made the rest room available on the Rehab 13 (1385) main apparatus. A total of (24) bottles of MVP were provided along with (3) pots of coffee. Left on scene was a bucket full of ice and MVP for the mop-up and investigators.
CFM 1 was requested to the scene along with Cherry Hill Fire Department investigators. There were no injuries reported.
Photos of the incident: By J. Bird Rehab 13 member.