5 Alarm Fire in Oxford Borough
By Deputy Chief Christopher Corle Jr.
September 14, 2023

On September 14th, at 0032 hours, Modena Fire Company was alerted to relocate to Union Fire Company (Station 21) as they were engaged in battling a 3-alarm fire right next to their station. Engine Company 37, with a crew of four, promptly made the response.

While en route to the Union Fire Company, the situation escalated, prompting command to call for a fourth alarm. Adhering to the updated command, Engine Company 37 was redirected to the scene as part of the fourth alarm response.

Upon arrival, Modena’s crew immediately assisted with interior fire suppression tasks. However, as the situation deteriorated, crews were forced to switch to defensive operations, as the affected structures were no longer safe for interior firefighting.

After 12 demanding hours of collaborative work with multiple fire departments, Modena’s crew was released from the scene, having played a significant role in containing the fire and preventing further damage.

We commend the valiant efforts of all firefighters involved and appreciate the seamless coordination between departments, which was crucial in tackling this challenging incident. Our firefighters' commitment and courage were paramount in ensuring the situation was managed as effectively as possible.