SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Fire Department spent most of Monday evening and Tuesday morning battling a pesky three alarm garbage fire. According to South Plainfield Fire Chief Tom Scalera South Plainfield fire crews responded to a water alarm activation at Sakoutis Brothers located on Roosevelt Avenue just before 8:00pm. The location is a garbage transfer station.
Fire crews at the scene encountered heavy smoke and large garbage fires. The large fire required Fire Crews to quickly move the fire alarm to a second alarm and finally a third alarm to cover the Borough.
“Larger 2 1/2 inch hand lines line were pulled and master steam operation from our tower ladder were used to battle the blaze,” said Scalera. “Primary and Secondary searches were done and all were negative.”
According to Scalera due to the fire being so deep seated in the garbage a long intense man power overhaul operation utilizing heavy machinery was required to put the remaining fire out. The fire was brought under control around at 1:00am on 2/21/2017.
One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene and released.
A total of 65 firefighter were at the scene battling the blaze. Fire Companies from the City of Plainfield, the Township of Piscataway (New Market Fire & North Stelton Fire), Metuchen Fire, The Township of Woodbridge (Colonia fire & Iselin 11 fire) and Middlesex County Hazmat all participated in extinguishing the fire or providing mutual aid cover to South Plainfield. South Plainfield Police, EMS and OEM, were all on scene. The fire is under investigation at this time by the South Plainfield Fire Prevention Bureau