Piscataway Fire Incident during TS Isiais
By CHELLE CORDERO, Correspondent | August 04, 2020 | NEW JERSEY
Story No. 080720115
Photo by D. A. Du-BoisNo. Stelton Vol. Fire Co. Dist. #4 responded to Thornton Lane, Piscataway
Photo by D. A. Du-BoisA street lamp post caught fire after the heavy rains from TS Isiais.
Photo by D. A. Du-BoisThe fire was burning inside the post.
Photo by D. A. Du-BoisThe firefighters made sure the burning post toppled away from private property.
Piscataway in Middlesex County, New Jersey was pummeled by the rains and winds of Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The day certainly was a busy one for first response units and PSE&G. There were multiple power outages, flooded roadways, downed tree limbs and errant wires to contend with.
Thanks to the alert eyes of a UPS driver heading down Thornton Lane in Piscataway Township, flames shooting out from a street lamp post in front of one of the private homes was called in to the local fire department. Within minutes the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Co. District 4 was on scene to control and break down the pole fire and make sure that no private property was put in jeopardy.
Because of the busy day and multiple incidents throughout the Township, PSE&G was unable to turn off the power at first, but members of the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Co., with a ladder truck and engine, went to work to successfully contain the live-electric fire. The Deputy Chief was also on scene.
North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company District 4 provides fire protection and emergency response services to the Piscataway community. The Fire Company's mission is to prevent the loss of life and property. In addition to responding to fires, this all-volunteer department also responds to medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, rescue calls, and incidents involving hazardous materials.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.