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Small Fire at Howard Johnson Hotel

posted Feb 26, 2012, 1:02 PM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Feb 26, 2012, 1:05 PM ]
On February 23rd at 1850, Aetna, along with Christiana Fire Company (3-6-12), Mill Creek Fire Company (2-21), Hockessin Fire Company (19), and Singerly Fire Company (Cecil County 3-13-14), was dispatched for a high life hazard structure fire at the Howard Jonson Hotel located at 1119 South College Avenue in Newark. Ambulance A-8 arrived at 1854 and reported smoke showing from the rear of the structure. With this report, Belvedere Fire Company (30) was added for the RIT, along with Ambulance UD-1 (University of Delaware) and New Castle County ALS units Medic 3 and ALS 29. A-8's crew checked the interior of the building for the location of the fire and found fire coming from the wall in the hallway on the 1st floor. The responding fire units were then advised that the best way to access the fire would be to make entry through the rear of the building. Engine 9-5, Ladder 9, and Engine 3-6 all arrived at 1858, with 9-5 establishing a water supply from the hydrant at the rear of the building. Crews then began advancing 2 1 3/4" into the building.  Crews entered the building and began opening up the wall in order to get to the fire. As the wall was opened up, the fire was found to be extending up to the 2nd floor via the pipe chase.  The fire on the 1st floor was quickly knocked down with a hand line.  Engines 7-4, 10-5, and 12-6 were next to arrive at 1900, with 10-5 taking up position at the stand pipe in case it would be needed.  Additonal crews entered the building and began searching the wing of the hotel where the fire was located. Crews were also sent to the basement and 2nd floor to check for extension. The walls in the 2nd floor hallway were opened up and some fire extension was found. A 1 3/4" hand line was placed in service on the 2nd floor and that fire was knocked down quickly as well. All searches of that part of the hotel came up negative.  As additional units arrived they assisted as needed or were placed in staging. A-8 assessed one patient at the scene, who refused medical services. Chief 9-8 had the command and placed the incident under control at 1925 and held the assignment to Aetna and Christiana units at 1927. All units were clear by 2011 with the scene being turned over to the Newark Fire Marshal for investigation.

Units on Scene: 7-4, A-8, 8-2, 9-5, Ladder 9, Traffic 9, 10-5, Aetna Fire Police, 3-6, 12-6, 2-6, 30-6, Tower 19, UD-1, Medic 3, ALS 29, Newark Police, and Newark Fire Marshal

Story By: Assistant Chief Daniels