While I attend many, many fires virtually through the scores of YouTube videos I view each day in an effort to bring you the finest in fire porn, it had been a long time since I actually had been on a fireground. But Sunday afternoon I was behind the wheel on the southbound Garden State Parkway returning from a visit with the family of Mrs. STATter911.com when I spotted smoke off in the distance as we approached the Oranges. Passing the interchange with I-280, I could actually see off to my left the top floor of what was a three story house with some heavy fire conditions.
I should note at this point in the narrative that we would have arrived at the scene much more rapidly than we did after first spotting the header, but the New Jersey State Police Garden State Parkway high speed escort service for celebrity fire bloggers failed to show as in the past (anyone know if there has been a recent change in policy on this vital service?).
We pulled up to the fire in the 200 block of South 19th Street in Newark with some of the second-alarm units. The video of what we saw is above. It has been edited somewhat to try and improve my lousy shooting skills, but all of the shots are in chronological order.
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