Washington Township Salt Barn Destroyed by Fire

By Joe Green | South Jersey Times

WASHINGTON TWP. — Flames destroyed a salt barn facility near the township police department and other municipal buildings Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene on McClure Drive, off Greentree Road. There, by about 5:15 p.m., the charred frame of what had been part of the roof began to waver as hoses blasted the remaining flames from several firetrucks.

Some flames were still visible, and the building appeared to be gutted. 

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured in the fire. People at the police station and court facility for normal business stood outside and watched as crews drenched the building.

American Red Cross South Jersey Chapter was requested to provide canteen services for 50 firefighter who were on the scene. Red Cross disaster responders provided food and drinks for emergency response personnel.




Congratulations to FF Mark Allesandrini on being named June Firefighter of the Month for the Hurffville Fire Company, Battalion3. Mark lives in the Heritage Valley section of Washington Township and is assigned to the 10-3 Main Station. Mark joined the ranks of WTFD in August 2013. He recently graduated from the Firefighter 1 program at Camden County Fire Academy. FF Alessandrini grew up in Deptford Township about two blocks from the Almonesson firehouse. Mark spent a lot of time with a friend at the firehouse and played on their softball team when time allowed. Mark has always been involved in sports, loves being part of a team, and enjoys helping people. As Mark's sports career comes to an end and his children get older, he thought what better pipeline than the fire department to help people and still be part of a team. 

Mark works at Bancroft in Haddonfield, NJ. He is the Operations Director for Brain Injury in South Jersey and has been with the organization for 17 years. FF Alessandrini graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School and obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Wilkes University. He has also continued his education at Holy Family, Rowan, and Temple University. His hobbies include outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and cooking. His specialty with cooking is seafood dishes and using his smoker. Mark is married to his wife Cindy and has three children (Brooke, Riely, and Jackson). 

When asked what it means to be a Firefighter with the WTFD, Mark replied "I want to get out and help the community, pack our tools up, and come home safe. All while conducting myself with honor and respect for the Township I help protect."

Congratulations FF Mark Allesandrini on being named June FF of Month for Battalion 3!




Happy Independence Day! 









Late in the evening on 7/2 Grenloch Fire Company, Station 10-1 was dispatched for a reported dog and owner that fell down an embankment and could not get back up. Engine 1011 and Chief Mason arrived to find a 180 lb Great Dane and his owner approximately 75 feet down a very steep embankment. Battalion Chief Mason immediately requested a response from Rescue 1038. While Rescue 1038 was in route, Capt DeAngelo and FF Pinelli safely made their way down to the victim and dog to assess both the rescue needs and the patients. Crews from Engine 1012 under the command of Lt Lord and Rescue 1038 under the command of Capt Miller worked together to set up a 3:1 rope rescue system. A stokes basket was lowered to the rescuers and the 180 lb Great Dane, named Sirus, and his owner were brought up the embankment safely.



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