3-Alarm Roof Fire Knocked Down At Home Depot In Hamilton Involving Solar Panels; Firefighters Save Building And Millions Of Dollars In Merchandise

June 23, 2021

HAMILTION TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:34 a.m. Hamilton Township Fire Department and Robbinsville Fire Department were initially dispatched to a roof fire at the Home Depot at 750 Route 130. While in route firefighters reported seeing a large column of smoke and an “all hands” was called sending the full first alarm and additional equipment to the scene, Bordentown Township, Hope Fire Company of Allentown-Upper Freehold, Ewing Township Fire Department, Signal 22 Canteen Unit, rehab units and others were sent to the scene. Firefighters on the roof reported heavy fire involving solar panels.

After about a 20 minute firefight firefighters were able to contain the blaze and kept it from spreading saving the Home Depot and its millions of dollars of contents.

Battalion Chief Ferdie Mather told MidJersey.News that the fire went to 3-Alarms and was fully under control within an hour after arriving on location.

Mather said that the fire department was able to deploy the fire department’s drone for both the fire investigation and searching for hot spots after the fire since the drone is equipped with thermal imaging technology.

Battalion Chief Ferdie Mather stated that there were two minor back injuries to firefighters who were fighting the fire. Mather said that they were being treated this afternoon at the medical center.

Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said, ““I commend the Hamilton Fire Division for their excellent work in getting the fire under control quickly. I also want to thank neighboring fire departments and the Hamilton Police Division for their assistance in protecting our community.”

The Hamilton Township Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire.

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