The volunteer fire companies of Bargaintown and Cardiff responded to Lily Road for a report of a structure fire. Upon the arrival of Cardiff Engine 1512 they pulled a line and began wetting down the roof (and when they did a squirrel came popping out) of a two-story, wood frame, single-family dwelling that contained solar panels. Because of possible manpower shortages, command requested a second alarm, bringing Scullville, Farmington, West Atlantic City and Somers Point. Bargaintown Assistant Chief Wil Hancock, a solar panel installer by trade, utilized Cardiff Tower 15 to access the roof to assess the situation. A/C Hancock disconnected the power to the solar panels and determined the fire was contained to the solar panel with little extension to the roof. A second crew went into the interior to check the attic for extension. The cause of the fire was investigated by the Egg Harbor Township Fire Official; also responding were EHT Ambulance and EHT Police.
– Fire News photo by Ken Badger