On the afternoon of January 19, 2015, the Liberty Corner Fire Company (Station 40) was dispatched to a working house fire on Acken Road. Upon arrival, Chief Peter Aprahamian established command and confirmed a working fire on the second floor Alpha side which had already vented through the structure. Additional resources were requested including the Lyons VA Fire Department (Station 59) for RIT, the Basking Ridge Fire Company (Station 20) for an Engine Company and a Rehab Unit and a BLS unit from Long Hill Township to assist the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad.
First due 40 Engine 104 was ordered to lay in a five-inch supply line from a nearby hydrant to the front of the structure. The crew was ordered to stretch 2 attack lines, one for an interior attack to the second floor and the other for an exterior attack. A back up line was also ordered inside to protect the staircase to the second floor. Crew members got water on the fire from the exterior while other crew members made entry with the attack line to the second floor. Fire both inside and outside the structure was knocked down quickly. Firefighters from 40 Tower 116 and 40 Engine 102 arrived along with Basking Ridge to assist with extinguishment, salvage, and overhaul. LCFC Deputy Chief Bill Ludlow was assigned Operations Officer while LCFC Assistant Chief Ron Depasquale was assigned to lead the interior crews. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for shortness of breath and released the same day. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Special thanks to all those agencies that assisted us – Liberty Corner Fire Aid Squad, Basking Ridge Fire and First Aid, Lyons VA Fire Department, Bernards Township Police Department, Somerset County Coordinator, Somerset County 911 Communications Center, as well as the Bernardsville Fire Company, Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department, the Millington Fire Company and the Stirling Fire Company for providing standby coverage to Bernards Township during the operation.
Liberty Corner Fire Company