Three-Story Dwelling Fire in The City of Bridgeton
By Dennis C. Sharpe
The City of Bridgeton Fire Department in Cumberland County responded to the 200 Block of Cottage Avenue at approximately 12:10 hours for a report of a dwelling fire on January 26th.
Bridgeton Car 1 (Chief Todd Bowen), Engine 701, Engine 705, Tower 7, and BLS responded and arrived on scene to find heavy smoke issuing from a three-story wood frame dwelling with a report of an occupant trapped. Chief Bowen issued the working fire box bringing mutual aid from Cedarville, Millville, Gouldtown, and Hopewell-Stow Creek.
Firefighters had to force entry and once inside discovered the occupant reportedly trapped had jumped out a window to safety, and was checked out by EMS. Firefighters fought their way into the seat of the fire and brought it under control within one half hour, with the cause of the fire under investigation. Also responding were Cumberland County OEM, Bridgeton Police, and Inspira Paramedics.