Trenton Firefighters Extinguish Sixth “Working Fire” Since Sunday Afternoon

January 11, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Members of the Trenton Fire Department once again demonstrated their skill and efficiency by quickly extinguishing a blaze in the rectory of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church this morning (Wednesday, Jan. 11). 

It was the sixth working fire in the city since Sunday afternoon (Jan. 8).

This morning’s blaze in the 400 block of Adeline Street was reported just after 10:30 a.m.Dispatched on the initial assignment were Engines 3, 7 and 10, Ladder 2, Rescue 1 and Battalion Chief Dave Smolka.

A column of smoke was visible in the air as firefighters responded in and Engine 3 arrived to find flames showing from a third-floor window. The “All Hands” signal for a working fire was transmitted and additional firefighting units, including Engine 1 and Ladder 4, were dispatched.

Firefighters placed two hoselines in service and succeeded in quickly knocking down the bulk of the fire and limiting the damage to a small area of the building. The blaze was officially declared under control at 10:55 a.m.

It was the sixth working fire since Sunday. 

Sunday’s “workers” involved the rear of the old Mercer Medical Center complex off Rutherford Avenue about 2 p.m., a home in the 1200 of South Broad Street about 2:30 p.m., and another home in the 500 block of Emory Avenue. Later on Sunday, about 11:40 p.m., the fourth fire of the day was reported in an abandoned house in the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue.

And early yesterday morning, just after 4:30 a.m., Trenton firefighters battled yet another working fire in a home on Landing Street. 

Video by: Brian McCarthy

Photos by: Dave Rogers

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