Ladder 49 was called to cover Monroe Station 23B late Friday into early Saturday morning while Monroe fire companies battled a 2 alarm fire. During the cover assignment Ladder 49 was requested to respond to an accident on the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 75.6, but was recalled enroute. Other companies on location handled the motor vehicle accident which involved a tractor trailer and minivan.
Station 49 responded to a two-alarm fire at 113 Hampshire Drive today. Arriving units found a heavy smoke condition and heavy fire on the second floor of an end townhouse. The fire also damaged 112 and 111 Hampshire Drive. Responding mutual aid companies included Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Cranbury, Princeton Junction, West Windsor, Kingston, Applegarth, East Windsor No. 1, Kendall Park, Princeton, Monroe, Lawence and Jamesburg. EMS units included Plainsboro Township EMS, Plainsboro Rescue Squad, East Windsor Rescue Squad and Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
As of today, we have raised $1,600 for the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund and Dingman, Pa. Firefighter Chris Plaxe. We expect to add to it, but it’s a tremendous accomplishment. Thank you for your generosity. Thanks to Rob Brown, our car wash coordinator, and to those who participated in the car wash.
In the middle of our car wash, we had an unexpected visit from the beneficiary — Dingman, Pa. Firefighter Chris Plaxe, who was paralyzed in an accident while responding to a fire call, and his family. We were extremely impressed by this courageous young man and his family and honored to have him in our firehouse. Just before we ate, we had a RIT call into East Windsor and Chris wheeled himself onto the apparatus floor and watched Rescue 49 respond..