1st Responder Network Story Number 041217105
Readington Twp. (Hunterdon County) NJ – April 11, 2017 – Firefighters from two companies responded to a report of a truck fire on State Highway 31, in the area of Foothill Road at 11:25 PM.
Upon arrival, the police located a refrigerated straight box truck on the shoulder of the northbound side of the highway just past Foothill Road. They advised responding fire apparatus that the cab of the truck was fully involved and that it was hauling dairy products. The Police had closed off the northbound lanes of SH 31, which allowed the fire apparatus to approach the scene by driving south on the northbound side of the divided highway.
Handlines were stretched from Whitehouse’s Engine 22-1 and Annandale’s Engine 46-2 to fight the fire, while Annandale’s Tender 46-1 was on scene to supply water. The fire was quickly brought under control and overhaul operations began, dousing hot spots as they were found. A thermal imaging camera was utilized to locate the hot spots and ensure the fire had been fully extinguished.
Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad responded with their Heavy Rescue 455, BLS units, and their REHAB unit. The Heavy Rescue provided lighting for the north side of the scene and refilled air pack bottles.
Whitehouse Rescue Squad responded with their Heavy Rescue 225 and a BLS unit. They provided lighting and support on the south side of the scene.
There were no injuries reported during the incident. The highway was opened back up around 12:35 AM. Readington Township Police are handling the investigation.
Responding to this incident were the Readington Township Police Department (Patrol 22), Whitehouse Fire Company #1 (Station 22), Annandale Hose Company #1 (Station 46), Whitehouse Rescue Squad (Rescue 22), and Clinton First Aid & Rescue (Rescue 45).