The volunteer fire companies of Minotola (Buena Borough), East Vineland (Buena Vista Township), and Forest Grove (Franklin Township, Gloucester County) responded to Northwest Boulevard in Buena Borough on August 3, 2023, at 1038, for a report of smoke coming from a building. Firefighters arrived to find that an explosion had taken place and people were trapped. Buena Chief Joe Kasper arrived and established command and was faced with a collapsed structure with possibility of occupants trapped, multiple exposures with either fire or extreme damage and a need for multiple mutual aid companies. Command had dispatch start responding companies with additional mutual aid coming from neighboring Cumberland County and the City of Vineland. Command put their master stream into service and had two LDH supply lines laid to a hydrant and a second master stream was set up on the A side. The B side exposure was involved in fire and had a camper on fire in the rear yard. On the D side, a vehicle was discovered on fire in the garage with heavy damage to the home. Medevacs were brought in, with Newfield Fire Company handling the LZ. Firefighters remained on scene for most of the day. Four fatalities were reported; two adults and two juveniles. Hundreds of pounds of explosives were later found in the house, which were the cause of the explosion.

– Fire News photos by Ken Badger