The volunteer fire Companies of Laureldale, Cologne and Mays Landing were dispatched at 2131 hours on April 21, 2023, to Holly Street for a report of a structure fire. Almost immediately, Township Fire Official Chris Dibiase called dispatch and requested a second alarm and a tanker task force response. The fire involved the South Jersey Lumberman’s, a 50- x 300-foot metal-and-wood frame structure that ran deeply into the woodlands with several storage buildings well involved. The fire grew to multiple alarm status bringing firefighters from throughout Atlantic and surrounding counties. Machinery was brought in to pull the metal siding and roofs apart to fully extinguish the fire; one firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Command was terminated at 0515 hours April 22, with the fire being investigated by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Investigations Unit.

– Fire News photos by Ken Badger