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Water Issues Hamper Englewood Firefighters

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June 13, 2024 | NEW JERSEY BILL TOMPKINS, Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on June 13th, Englewood units were sent to 279 Walton Street in the furthest South East corner of the city. Police reported the home was heavily involved. First due units arrived with heavy fire pushing out of several second floor windows and extending to the attic area via the soffit of the large 2 ½ story million dollar home. It was determined the home was not occupied at the time. 

A second alarm was sounded bringing mutual aid to the scene and for coverage. Engine 3’s deck gun was put to work to attempt to darken down the fire. A push was made interior, but had to be abandoned due to the worsening conditions.

As flames broke through the roof it began to consume the attic area from the “B” side then across. Water supply became an issue. Several hydrants were not operational and longer stretches were needed. Bogota Engine 1 was on its way for coverage and was re-directed to the scene, dropping its full bed of LDH to a hydrant on Broad Ave. Two elevated master streams were able to be put into operation along with a hand line. 

The flames eventually darkened down after burning off the roof and the contents of the attic. Companies returned to the interior for overhaul. The blaze was placed under control before 12:00 p.m.

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BILL TOMPKINSCorrespondent

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