Smokey times on 8th St.
Today, while Hoboken411 was coming back from a 20 hour break from this town, a few things happened, and luckily some astute and helpful readers sent some information through. Pics from Joe and story from Matt. Thanks, guys!
This fire took place on 8th Street between Park and Willow. It was originally called in as Still Alarm of Fire at 725 Willow. It was a 1 story residential with light smoke showing from the exterior. No visible fire from the outside. Attending companies were Ladder 1, Ladder 2, Engine 1, Engine 4, Engine 5, Rescue 1 and 155 ( the chief buggy).
They got the fire knocked down with one hand line. They had another stretched for standby. Engine 5 and Engine 4 both had a 5 inch line to hydrants. They set a ladder on the side and checked the roof and were going to cut into it to check the cockloft, but the chief said not to because it was a brand new rubber roof.
Instead they cut a hole in the ceiling of the fire apartment and checked from inside. They also used the thermal imagining camera. (those things cost 10K each!) There were no extensions into surrounding structures. Taking a look inside, it was burnt up pretty good. Female occupant made it out with purse and a towel, was later transported by EMS to hospital. She was walking around ok. Looked like she was just shaken up by it, or possibly some mild smoke inhalation.