A tanker overturned today carrying 8900 gallons of gasoline and when the tanker vessel was comprised, caught fire. The fire was very close to many homes and brush in the area along the property line near the ramp for the highway.
Due to the size of the original gasoline fed fire many reports were received from the single famliy homes in the area. Many first due FD units responding had to confirm exposures were not involved. The foam task force was requested along with Camden County Task Force Delta to begin water supply and foam operations. Foam and Haz Mat unts were called from Pennsauken, Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester City, and Bellmawr for the foam application on the gasoline fed fire.
Once the foam attack began the fire was knocked down quickly. The fire did reflare once while foam lines were re-positioned, but firefighers were able to apply additional foam and got control of the fire and resulting spill fire. The heavy smoke did hug the ground due to the 20 mph NW wind during the incident. Many homes along the highway ramp were evacuated. Radinat heat was a problem initially but lines were stretched as a precaution to handle this exposure situation.
The initial call for a vehicle fire was sent out at 1106 hrs. Once the fire tyoe was confirmed additional mutual aid was alerted. Rehab 13 was dispatched at 1245 hrs. and reponded with 8 personnel and all apparatus including the “Mule” for fire scene mobility to serve all personnel food and beverages. The initial reahb and EMS area was set up at the toll plaza of the Betsy Ross Bridge. Once the incident was winding down all Rehab 13 units were re-positioned closer to the incident site for closer access for personnel .
Rehab operated from 1245 hrs. until 1814 hrs. and provided hot food including sandwiches and soup, hot and cold drinks, rest room, chairs, and snack foods. The mule was used for the transport of food and liquids during the incident.
Before this incident Rehab 13 was on the scene of a Technical Rescue Training assignment, but all of the companies (foam and Haz Mat) had to leave training for the tanker incident. Members of Rehab 13 put in a 12 hour day today and we are ready for the next request whenever it comes.
Photos at the scene by Captain J. Cundiff 13-802.