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Almost 1K Firefighters Battled North Brunswick Warehouse Inferno

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Smoke pours from the ruins of the DCH warehouse in North Brunswick following the massive fire on July 22. Credits: Middlesex County Fire Marshal
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A Kendall Park fire truck pours water on the warehouse fire in North Brunswick. It was one of more than 200 trucks called to fight the huge blaze. Credits: Middlesex County Fire Marshal
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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – According to the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office, almost 1,000 firefighters from 157 fire companies in 12 counties fought the massive July 22 warehouse fire in North Brunswick.

According to a press release from the county, 157 companies sent 237 different trucks and 960 firefighters to fight the fire at a 1600 Livingston Avenue warehouse from July 22-27.

North Brunswick firefighters responded to an alarm activation at the DCH warehouse at 1:53 a.m. July 22 and found smoke coming from the eves of the roof on the front side of the building, according to the release.

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When the fire chief drove to the back of the building, he saw “a heavy fire condition,” immediately calling in a second and third alarm.

Crews from 12 of the state’s 21 counties battled the blaze for five days and used 10, 12-hour operational periods, according to the release.

An estimated 7.2 million gallons of water from 11 sites around the township, including Farrington Lake, were used to subdue the fire during that time.

Thick smoke, visible for many miles, billowed from the 350,000 square-foot warehouse into the daylight hours of July 22, even creating a signature on weather radar of the plume.

Below is a list of responding units by county, according to the release.

Atlantic County  6

Air National Guard 177th, Bargaintown, Elwood, Landisville, Laureldale, Port Republic

Bergen County    7

East Rutherford Fire Dept., Elmwood Park Fire Dept., Fairlawn Fire Dept., Little Ferry Fire Dept., Paramus Fire Dept., Wood Ridge Fire Dept.

Hunterdon County  7

Annandale Hose Co. No. 1, Franklin Township Fire Dept., Kingwood Township Fire Dept., Lebanon Borough Volunteer Fire Co., Lebanon Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Oldwick Fire Co., Quakertown Fire Co.

Mercer County    13

Decou Hose Company, East Windsor Fire Dept., Prospect Heights Fire Dept., Hightstown Fire Dept., Pennington Fire Dept., Princeton Fire Dept., Slackwood Fire Dept., Upper Makefield Township PA-Washington Crossing, West Trenton Fire Dept., West Windsor Fire Dept., Colonial Fire Dept., Hopewell Fire Dept., Union-Titusville Fire Dept.

Middlesex County    44

Carteret, Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick Fire Dist. # 1, East Brunswick Fire Dist. # 3-Brookview, East Brunswick Fire Dist. # 2-East Brunswick Ind. Fire Co., Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Jamesburg, Kingston, Metuchen Fire Dept., Middlesex Borough Fire Dept., Milltown Fire Dept., Monmouth Junction Fire Dist. # 2, Monroe Fire Dist. # 2-Applegarth, Monroe Fire Dist. #  3-Central Monroe, New Brunswick Fire Dept., North Brunswick Fire Co. # 1, North Brunswick Fire Co. # 2, North Brunswick Fire Co. # 3, Old Bridge Fire Dist. #  1-Laurence Harbor, Old Bridge Fire Dist. #2 - Cheesequake Fire Dept., Perth Amboy Fire Dept., Piscataway-Arbor Hose, Piscataway-New Market, Piscataway-North Stelton, Piscataway-Possumtown, Plainsboro Fire Dept., Sayreville Fire Dept.,South Amboy,South Brunswick-Kendall Park,South Old Bridge Fire Dept.,South Plainfield,South River Fire Dept.,Spotswood Fire Dept.,Woodbridge Fire Dist. # 1, Woodbridge Fire Dist. #  9-Iselin Fire Dept.,Woodbridge-Colonia,Woodbridge-Hopelawn,Woodbridge-Keasbey,Squibb Fire Bridgade,Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit,Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.

Monmouth County          25

Adelphia Fire Dept., Atlantic Highlands Fire Dept., Cliffwood Fire Dept. -Aberdeen Township, Colts Neck Fire Dept., Freehold Township Fire Co. # 1, Glendola Fire Dept.,Hazlet-North Centerville Fire Dept., Highlands Fire Dept.,Howell South Fire Dept., Keansburg Fire Dept., Long Branch Fire Dept., Manalapan Fire Dept., Marlboro Fire Dept., Matawan Fire Dept., Middletown Fire Dept.   (6 Stations), Millstone Fire Dept.,Ramtown Fire Dept.,Tinton Falls Fire Dept.,Union Beach Fire Dept.,West Long Branch Fire Dept.,

Morris County    12

Boonton Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Chester Fire Dept., Flanders Fire Co. # 1, Huntington Fire Dept., Jefferson Fire Dept., Lincoln Park Fire Dept., Mine Hill Fire Dept., Mount Tabor Volunteer Fire Department, Mt Arlington Fire Dept., New Vernon Volunteer Fire Dept., Randolph Township Fire Dept., Roxbury Fire Dept.

Ocean County     5

Pinewald Pioneer Fire Co., Ridgeway Fire Dept., Waretown Fire Dept., West Tuckerton Fire Dept., Whitesville Fire Dept.,

Somerset County      21

Bernardsville Fire Dept., Bound Brook Fire Dept., Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Dept., Finderne Fire Dept., Flagtown Fire Dept., Franklin-Community Fire Dept., Franklin-East Franklin Fire Dept., Franklin-Elizabeth Avenue Fire Dept., Franklin-Franklin Park Fire Dept., Franklin-Little Rocky Hill Fire Dept., Franklin-Middlebush Fire Dept., Griggstown Fire Dept., Hillsborough Fire Co. # 1, Hillsborough Fire Co. # 2, Manville Fire Dept., Montgomery Fire Co. # 2, Montgomery Fire Dept., Neshanic Fire Dept., North Branch Fire Dept., Somerset Fire Dept., Somerville Fire Dept.

Sussex County      7

Fredon Fire Dept., Hampton Township Fire Dept., Mcafee Fire Dept., Montague Fire Dept., Sandyston Fire Dept., Stillwater Fire Dept., Sussex Fire Dept.

Union County    8

Berkeley Heights Fire Dept., Elizabeth Fire Dept., Garwood Fire Dept., Kenilworth Fire Dept., Linden Fire Dept., Rahway Fire Dept., Summit Fire Dept., Union Fire Dept.

Warren County    5

Allamuchy Fire Dept., Franklin Township Fire Dept., Huntington Fire Dept. -Pohatcong Township, Tri County Fire Dept., Washington Borough Fire Dept.

 

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