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Photos by Fritz Rethage  ·   Posted November 5, 2004

Madison Avenue House Fire
[Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department]

On a very rainy Thursday evening at approximately 7:00 p.m. on November 4, 2004, the HHFD responded to a working fire at the 200 block of Madison Avenue. The second alarm was called and units responded from Lodi, Moonachie and Wood-Ridge Fire Departments.  According to reports, the resident was home and unaware of the fire, but a neighbor across the street noticed the blaze and called in the alarm. No injuries were reported.

During an alarm of this type, the Fire Department is performing many activities simultaneously under the Fire Chief's command --  equipment is deployed, rescue teams search the home, hoses are connected, activated and brought in to attack the fire from the inside, ladder companies vent as needed, "Fast Teams" are on standby to assist trapped firefighters, EMS is on standby, support personnel are ready (help change air tanks, get tools, etc.), equipment and personnel from other communities are positioned at the Fire House to respond to other emergencies, etc.

The ability to mobilize the equipment and personnel in short response time and to activate these resources in an efficient manner to serve our community during such an emergency, represents many hours of training by our volunteer fire department.

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Right side front view

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Left side front view

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Left rear view

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Hosing down neighbor's home as a precaution

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Ladder Company setting up

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Ladder Company breaking windows for venting

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Ladder Company setting up a roof  ladder to work from

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Ladder Company bringing up tools necessary for roof venting

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Hose venting from inside the attic

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Checking for fire extensions

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"Fast Team" on standby

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View of roof after fire was put out

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Plenty of personnel were ready to handle the situation

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Scene on Madison Avenue

The damage as seen the next morning
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