Pictures from Ted Aurig of NewJerseyFireGround.com at a fire in a vacant house on Sherwood Terrace in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey that occurred shortly after 4:00 yesterday (Wednesday) morning. Thanks to reader Jamie Taylor for passing this one along.
Here’s some of what Ted wrote about the fire:
Battalion 11 arrived with smoke showing from a two story middle of the row dwelling. Engine 1132 secured a water supply and laid in. Crews forced entry and went into operation with a 1 3/4″ hand line for fire conditions on the first floor.
A New Jersey radio station is running an Internet poll asking if Pennsauken firefighters should have used this method to hook up to the hydrant. As of 8:30 this morning more than 95% of those who have responded say “yes”. Click here for the poll from New Jersey 101.5.
Pennsauken’s fire chief Joseph Palumbo told NJ.com firefighters “exhausted the alternatives” before damaging the vehicle.
Palumbo, who arrived on scene shortly after the first fire truck arrived, said they were “left with no choice” but no break the rear driver’s side and front passenger’s side windows on a black Honda SUV as to get a hose from the hydrant to the engine.
When asked about running the hose over or under the car, Palumbo said that the vehicle’s exhaust system underneath could have compromised the line and a 90-degree angle formed by running the hose over the roof would have restricted water flow.