The volunteer Fire Companies of Bargaintown and Scullville responded to Superior Road for a report of a structure fire with flames showing. Bargaintown Safety Officer Ken Badger saw smoke from about a mile from the scene and requested a FAST from the City of Somers Point. When he arrived, the fire was coming out of the window on the D side. While donning his gear, the front of the house lit up and S/O Badger contacted EHT Dispatch to strike out a second alarm. At this time, the 2-½ story structure was fully involved. Bargaintown Engine 1522 arrived and pulled a LDH line to a hydrant in front of the structure while a Scullville ladder put their main into service and was supplied by Engine 1522 whose crew pulled a Blitz Fire nozzle to the A side and set up a master stream into the front of the fire. Two 1-¾ inch lines were pulled to opposite sides of the structure to protect the exposures. Once Scullville’s ladder began flowing water, the fire was able to be darkened down. Bargaintown Assistant Chief Wil Hancock assumed operations and S/O Badger was left in command. Second alarm companies from the remaining EHT companies along with Mays Landing were put to work upon their arrival overhauling and performing further suppression while Somers Point firefighters stayed as RIT with Farmington Utility 1546 filling empty SCBA bottles. Refreshments were served by the Cardiff, Bargaintown and Scullville Auxiliaries who did an outstanding job. The fire was under investigation.
– Fire News photos by Ken Badger