February 24, 2023
TRENTON, NJ (Mercer) – City firefighters this evening (Friday, Feb. 24) tackled another working structure fire, this time in a commercial building at 809 East State Street, near the corner of Chambers Street. It was shortly before 6:40 p.m. that the city’s 911 communications center received reports that the roof was on fire and dispatched Engines 7, 10 and 6, Ladder 4, and Rescue 1. While enroute, firefighters spotted a column of smoke looming up into the night sky. The “All Hands” signal for a working fire was immediately transmitted and Engine 3, Ladder 2 and Special Services 1 were dispatched as the balance of the first alarm. A short time later, Battalion Chief Dave Smolka ordered a second alarm and Engine 1 was dispatched to assist with operations. Firefighters used multiple 2.5-inch hose lines and the aerial master stream from Ladder 2 to bring the smoky blaze under control in about an hour’s time. One person suffering from smoke inhalation was reportedly transported by Trenton EMS ambulance to a local hospital. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by authorities.
Photos below by: Anthony Greco