Firefighters explore former Lotus restaurant facility

Camden Fire Department prepares for live fire drill

First drill with new engine
By Jenna Lookner | Feb 26, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm Camden Fire Department Firefighter Jerry Entwhistle, left, and Assistant Chief Robert Stiehler converse during a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. Camden's new rescue pumper Engine 4 can be seen behind the two men.

Camden — Members of Camden Fire Department met Monday, Feb. 25, to explore the building at 133 Elm St., the site of the former Lotus Chinese restaurant.

The building is slated to be used for live fire training in March, said Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley.

He said members of Camden Fire Department meet bi-weekly for various types of drills. Farley said the Feb. 25 evening drill was the department's first with brand new engine four, which was delivered Jan. 7. He added the Monday night drill was the first time firefighters had entered the Lotus building.

Once they entered the building, firefighters used flashlights to explore an upstairs apartment that bore signs of previous inhabitants including abandoned furnishings, curtains and wilted houseplants. As the walk-through continued, firefighters shared observations about the building germane to safely completing future live fire training.

Downstairs lights were turned on and heavy water damage was visible over portions of the floor.

The 7,192 square-foot building was purchased by Hannaford Brothers Co. in 2007 and has a  replacement value of $335,300, for the building alone, according to Vision Appraisal, an online assessors database.

Camden Fire Department Safety Officer Jeff Weymouth said his crew built the initial part of the structure in 1972 and constructed an addition in 1984. Weymouth was on hand to discuss details of the construction with Camden firefighters after they completed a cursory exploration of the building.

Firefighters then practiced running 200-foot handlines — sans water — from engine four into the building. Farley previously has said firefighters must finish any training at the site by the end of the month when building is slated for demolition. He also previously said a number of factors, including weather, could have an impact on the live burn.

Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at jlookner@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley waits for a Feb. 25 meeting of Atlantic Engine Company No. 2 to begin. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Stiehler parks Engine 4 at 133 Elm St. for a Feb. 25 drill. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Fire Department Engine 4 sits at 133 Elm St. in Camden before a Feb. 25 drill. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A member of the Camden Fire Department readies Engine 4 for a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Fire Department firefighters talk before a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Firefighter John Entwistle is reflected in the side of Camden Fire Department's Engine 4 before a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A member of Camden Fire Department investigates the premises at 133 Elm St. during a Feb. 25 drill. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Two Camden firefighters examine the ceiling at 133 Elm St. during a Feb. 25 drill. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Firefighter TC Bland investigates the premises at 133 Elm St. during a Feb. 25 drill by the Camden Fire Department. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Firefighter Cheyne Hansen enters the former premises of Lotus Chinese restaurant at 133 Elm St. during a Feb. 25 drill by the Camden Fire Department. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Firefighter Mary Stiehler examines the floor of 133 Elm St. during a Camden Fire Department drill Feb. 25. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley confers with firefighters during a Feb. 25 Camden Fire Department drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Fire Department members listen to a briefing during a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Members of the Camden Fire Department uncoil hoses during a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Fire Department Lt. Scott Entwistle dons gloves during a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Firefighter Mary Stiehler runs hose during a Camden Fire Department drill Feb. 25 at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A member of the Camden Fire Department carries coils of hose during a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Camden Fire Department Safety Officer Jeff Weymouth, left, and Chief Chris Farley speak during a Feb. 25 drill at 133 Elm St. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Comments (6)
Posted by: avery brott | Mar 22, 2013 09:54

"Used to be The Candle Shop years ago."

Dating yourself, Woody...



Posted by: Beatrice M Marshall | Feb 28, 2013 12:36

I haven't been alle to find out where they have moved too can anyone tell me please thank you

 



Posted by: Judith C Feyler | Feb 27, 2013 18:17

It hasn't been there since late last summer.  No one answered the phone and there is a sign on the door saying they have moved in town!



Posted by: Eleanor Masin-Peters | Feb 27, 2013 16:57

Across from Subway and near Hannaford.



Posted by: Woody Emanuel | Feb 27, 2013 16:52

It's the angled building on the west side of Route 1, at the intersection of Conway Rd. and Route 1, between Hannfords Shopping Center and Subway. Used to be The Candle Shop years ago.



Posted by: Judith C Feyler | Feb 27, 2013 11:13

Where is Lotus located now?  I have been trying to find this out for months.



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