March 3, 2023
TRENTON, NJ (Mercer) – Another day, another fire. At least that’s how it seems for city firefighters, who have been kept busy the last few weeks battling multiple working fires. This morning (Friday, March 3) they fought another blaze at 10 Cummings Place, located off Cummings Avenue near Chestnut Avenue.
It was 8:28 a.m. when Engines 7, 3, and 10, Ladder 2, and Rescue 1 were dispatched for a reported basement fire. While they were en route, Engine 3 spotted a column of smoke in the air and requested that the “All Hands” signal for a working fire be transmitted. That resulted in Engine 6, Ladder 4, and Special Services 1 being dispatched as the balance of the full first alarm. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke issuing from the rowhome. A hoseline was stretched and an aggressive interior attack made. Fire was located in the basement and was quickly knocked down, despite a mechanical issue that reportedly occurred with one of the fire apparatus that briefly complicated firefighting operations. Mechanical issues with the city’s aging apparatus fleet have caused concerns at other recent fires. This morning’s blaze was declared under control at 8:50 a.m. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News