Sunday, December 25, 2011 0400 hrs
By Adam Alberti /NJfirepictures.com
ELIZABETH — At approximately 0400 hours on December 25, 2011 while companies were operating at 446 East Jersey St., Mutual Aid units covering the city responded to a reported fire at 723 Summer St. Upon arrival they found heavy fire showing from the rear of a 3 story wood frame building that housed the Vasco Da Gama Restaurant on the first floor and apartments above. Fire ran up the rear of the building rapidly and raced through the 3rd floor and roof. All companies evacuated the building as heavy fire conditions took hold of the structure. Clark and Roselle Engine Companies used their deck guns and Kenilworth Tower used its ladderpipe to knock down the fire. Several outside lines also operated. The B-side wall suffered a partial collapse during the fire and the structural integrity of the building was compromised. The fire took approximately 1 hour and 3 minutes to bring under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is unknown if all occupants escaped the fire.
Kenilworth Truck 3 was assigned to the primary search of Division 2 and 3. After the searches were completed Truck 3 commenced ladder pipe operations on the C side of the structure.