Hurricane Sandy damage a double loss for Scullville Volunteer Fire Company

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The water line left by Hurricane Sandy flooding inside a bathroom at Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall is still visible on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The water line left by Hurricane Sandy flooding inside a bathroom at Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall is still visible on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – While most of the members of the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company were out working on water rescues during Hurricane Sandy, those still manning the company’s Station 1 were facing a pointless battle against rising flood waters.

 “By the time they realized what was happening, there was nothing they could do. It was too late,” said Chief Michael Fiedor. The flood water depth was estimated at 36 inches deep at one point. “We had water coming in from the back bay and from the river. We had it coming in two ways.”

The fire hall is used rented out to various community groups and private functions throughout the year and the damage has caused the volunteer company to shutter its only continual stream of income.

“We’ve had to call people and tell them they can’t have their event here,” he said. “I am very upset. We’re losing money. It’s going to be two, three, four, possibly even five months before we can open up again and continue to make money.”

 Fiedor said the entire kitchen needs to be gutted, including throwing out a commercial-grade double-door stainless steel refrigerator and a commercial-grade stainless steel stove.

 “The stainless steel will begin to rust,” he said, adding that both Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors and insurance adjusters have already been out to survey and document the damage. The sheet rock and studs will need to be replaced too.

 “The floor is our main concern,” he said. “We are worried that water got into the cracks of our tiled floor. If that’s the case, the floor will start to buckle.”

The company’s attached engine bays were also flooded. The exterior doors to the building are starting to rust already, he said, and equipment that was not able to be moved to a higher spot quickly enough is a total loss.

“We lost a couple of cameras, a few ladders, ropes and safety harnesses that we use with the ladders, a few carbon dioxide detectors,” he said. The items were stacked up in the bay rather than on a truck because it was up in Pennsylvania for repairs. “We lost everything off of that truck.”

 Even the trucks that were in use during the storm didn’t escape the wrath of Sandy. Fiedor said his vehicle as well as some of the other trucks took on water and will need work since they were immersed in the saltwater during the rescues.

 He said the clean up work is already under way by ServePro. 

Two refrigerators will need to be scrapped because the saltwater that flooded into the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during Hurricane Sandy damaged the electrical components and will rust the stainless steel portions. Inspectors told the Chief Michael Fiedor that they also need to be disposed of because the flood water was possibly contaminated with gasoline and oil. Two refrigerators will need to be scrapped because the saltwater that flooded into the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during Hurricane Sandy damaged the electrical components and will rust the stainless steel portions. Inspectors told the Chief Michael Fiedor that they also need to be disposed of because the flood water was possibly contaminated with gasoline and oil.

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy

A commercial-grade oven is a total loss after Hurricane Sandy sent flood waters into the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during Hurricane Sandy. A commercial-grade oven is a total loss after Hurricane Sandy sent flood waters into the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall during Hurricane Sandy.

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy

Portions of the wall in the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall are cut out to check for mold and interior damage caused by the flooding. Portions of the wall in the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall are cut out to check for mold and interior damage caused by the flooding.

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy

 Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy Flooded Scullville Fire Hall in Egg Harbor Township during Hurricane Sandy


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