Fire in Kitchen Exhaust Ventilation Shaft at Solo Bella Restaurant

A fire originating in a kitchen exhaust ventilation shaft at Solo Bella Restaurant on Chandler Road in Jackson caused minor damage but no injuries just before 3 p.m. on Friday September 21, 2012.

At the onset of the incident, fire could be seen coming from the roof ventilation system.  Two kitchen employees climbed up on the roof with a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of the fire department.  Fire fighters from Jackson Mills Station 54 and Jackson Fire Station 55 responded and opened up the roof ventilation system and crawled into an attic space above the main floor to check for any extension of the fire.  Fortunately only a light smoke condition and high heat existed, which was promptly vented out by fire fighters.

“Damage was limited to the kitchen ceiling area and roof ventilation fan ” stated incident commander Assistant Chief Mike Waters. “It was great seeing the restaurant back in business with a full dining room of customers only hours after the fire” continued Waters.

As is customary, the Ocean County Health Department responded to the scene and following a thorough clean up from the fire, declared the establishment safe for food preparation.

Annual Craft Fair and Open House Scheduled for October 14

Location: Larsen Road Firehouse
113 North New Prospect Road, Jackson, NJ
Sunday, October 14
9 am – 3 pm

Once again, Station 55 is proud to host the annual craft fair, and open house on Sunday, October 14 at the main fire station on North New Prospect Road from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.  Unique handmade crafts and new merchandise vendors will be on-site displaying their items for sale. There will be something for everyone here, so come out for some shopping, food & fun!

Also, Station 55 will be holding our annual Open House the same day and hours.  This year we will be proudly showing off our newly renovated apparatus bays, which was made possible through a generous donation.  The ceiling, walls and floors all are sporting a fresh new look.  We are pleased to invite you to your local fire house for some fun, exhibits, demonstrations and fire safety education.

Stations 54, 55, 56 & 57 Remember 9-11-01

On a brilliant sunny but cool day, fire fighters from Jackson Stations 54, 55, 56 & 57 remembered all of the fire fighters, police officers, EMS workers, and civilians lost in the 9-11-01 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville locations today in the 11th commemoration of the tragedy.  Led by event chairman FF Ivon LaBoy, the reading of the names of the 343 FDNY brothers lost in the fire and collapse of the Twin Towers were accompanied by a solemn bell tolling once for each lost fire fighter.

Chairman LaBoy observed that we pause to reflect on the lost brothers and to also thank the members of the armed forces that fight for our country, and that ultimately hunted down the perpetrator and master mind, Osama Bin Laden.

Fire fighters were joined by members of the community, some that come every year, and others that stopped their cars briefly to pay their respects.

We should never forget these painful losses sustained by the United States of American, on our soil.


Overturned SUV with two trapped on Chandler Road

SUV lies on it's side with wires down

Stations 54 and 55 were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday September 8 when Station 54 Deputy Chief Mike Lubertazzi found an overturned Toyota 4 Runner on Chandler Road at Winter Way with two occupants trapped inside.  Engine 5411 arrived within a minute from a special detail around the corner on Bartley Road, and stretched a safety 1 3/4″ hose line to protect the vehicle’s occupants and other emergency responders.  The Toyota vehicle had struck a pole and brought wires down, including a large phone cable line wrapped around the right wheel.  One of vehicle’s occupants self-extricated from the rear hatch; the other two had to be cut out of the vehicle by crews from Rescue 5503 and Engine 5541.  Crews also stabilized the vehicle with struts to keep the car from moving while rescue crews operated inside.  Due to the proximity of overhead power lines, crews began work when JCP&L de-energized the primary wires.  From that point, after cutting the door posts and roof, it only took a matter of minutes for fire crews to extricate the male driver first via backboard, then the female occupant that was trapped underneath the male.  FF Anthony Salas assisted by serving as a translator for the vehicle’s occupants.  A request for a MEDEVAC helicopter was not able to be filled due to inclement weather.  Quality EMS on scene transported the male and female to the trauma center at Jersey Shore Memorial Hospital.

Eleven minutes into the extrication call, Stations 55, 56 and 57 were dispatched to food on the stove call at an apartment at 100 Muirfield Road.  Responding crews including Chief Tim Carson 5500, Chief Scott Rauch 5700, Engine 5511 and Ladder 5705 found a hallway full of smoke but no fire and no injuries.