11:54 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2002, Lawrence Road and Slackwood
fire companies were toned out for car fire with a possible exposure
problem at 993 Lawrence Road, between Brearly and Meadowbrook avenues.
Rescue 22 responded at 11:57 p.m. with Assistant Chief Wayne Hannon
in command and Ff. Joseph Dlabik Sr. driving. Lt. Shaun Dlabik, Ff.
Joseph Dlabik Jr., and Ff. Charles Commini were aboard as the crew.
When Rescue 22 reached the scene at 11:58 p.m., the passenger compartment
of a Mitsubishi Eclipse was fully-involved with flames.
Rescue 22s crew immediately stretched a 1.75-inch hoseline,
with Joseph Dlabik Jr. on the nozzle.
Meanwhile, Engine 21-1 responded at 11:58 p.m., followed by Engine
22 at 11:59 p.m. Both engines arrived at 11:59 p.m. Engine 22 was
commanded by Rescue Capt. Andrew Fosina, driven by Ff. Ryan Quill,
and crewed by Ff. Michael Ratcliffe.
Lt. Chris Pangaldi and Ff. Matt Farletta were at the Brunswick Circle
when the alarm was transmitted. They responded directly to the scene
in Pangaldis truck and helped Joseph Dlabik Sr. connect a 3-inch
hoseline to supply Rescue 22 with Engine 22s tank water.
The flames were quickly knocked down and Hannon put the blaze under
control at midnight.
Joseph Dlabik Jr. then used the Holmatro Combi-Tool from Rescue 22
to pop open the cars hood. Commini then cut the vehicles
battery cables. The interior of the Eclipse was completely destroyed
by the blaze. Dlabik continued to hose down the charred seats and
dashboard for sometime before the car cooled.
Deputy Chief Richard Farletta, who responded to the scene in Car 22-1
(without signing on radio) investigated and concluded the fire was
possibly started by a pinched wire supplying power to the cars
Engine 21-1 was recalled at 12:08 a.m. Engine 22 remained on scene
until 12:13 a.m., refilled its tank at a hydrant on Marlboro Road,
and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 12:20 a.m. Rescue 22 remained
on location until 12:38 a.m. and was back at the firehouse by 12:42