Bitterly cold temperatures, gusty winds, water supply problems, were among the problems faced by Nutley and Belleville firefighters at a house fire on February 17th. With temperatures in the teens and winds gusting over 40 mph, the NFD responded to 151 Columbia Ave. for the report of a working fire. First due units found a working fire in the basement of a 1 ½ story frame dwelling. A call for the volunteers and a Belleville engine to the scene was made. A line was advanced into the basement, but a problem securing a water supply forced command to pull the members out.
Flames extended up to the first floor and companies prepared to go defensive with getting a ladder pipe and ground monitor set to go, but exterior lines in the basement windows and others through the front door and picture window knocked the fire down enough to attempt another interior attack.
After over two hours of additional venting and opening up, all of the hidden fire was able to be extinguished and the fire was placed under control.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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