Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Battalion Two was dispatched to the Chestnut Lane Apartments located at 1060 Delsea Drive apartment 1405 for a Dwelling fire with reported entrapment. The Gloucester County Alarm Room reported multiple calls. 9201 (Battalion Chief Thomas) arrived to find a 300 X 65 2 story Garden Style apartments with fire showing from Division C middle of the row. The fire apartment was 1405 with entrapment in the apartment above at 1406.
Battalion Chief 9201, Engine 921 Crew, Inspira Paramedics, and Deptford EMS worked together to rescue residences there were trapped on the balcony of their apartment. Cascade 947 responded on the all hands. Ladder 926 advised that they had heavy fire conditions on Division C and asked for a water supply. Battalion Chief Thomas struck the 2nd alarm at this time. The second alarm was struck bringing Engine 942 and Engine 943. Ladder 936 arrived and were detailed to Division C to assist 926 with suppression. Engine 942 was ordered to lay a 5″ supply line from Ladder 926 to the fire hydrant on Delsea Dr. Engine 1312 assisted with completing the lay. Engine 943 arrived on location at the hydrant in front of the 400 building and stretched supply lines to Engine 921 and Ladder 936. The conditions started to worsen and a evacuation signal was given and the third alarm struck. Trench cuts were made on the Bravo and Delta exposures to stop the spread of fire. Ladder 926 went into service and knocked the bulk of the fire down and the job was placed under control at the 1 hour and 10 minute mark.