December 10, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Nearly the entire on-duty strength of the Trenton Fire Department was mobilized to battle a fire involving both sides of a 2-1/2- story duplex in the 900 block of Carteret Avenue this afternoon (Friday, Dec. 10). A total of six engine companies, three ladder companies, and Rescue Co. 1 responded to the blaze, which went to two alarms plus an extra engine. Only one on-duty Trenton engine company was not committed to the fire and remained available – with mutual aid companies from surrounding towns – to protect the city in case another emergency occurred. Alerted just before 1:30 p.m., first-due companies arrived to find heavy fire showing from the second floor of the attached homes at 904 and 906 Carteret Avenue. The second alarm was ordered shortly before 1:45 p.m., then about 15 minutes later an additional engine was called for extra manpower. Around 2:32 p.m. the incident commander reported that the bulk of the fire had been knocked down. The fire was officially placed under control at 2:51 p.m. At one point firefighters requested police to the scene due to a reported altercation with a distraught civilian but the specific nature and outcome of that dispute was not immediately known. The Red Cross was requested to the scene to help shelter displaced residents.
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