The firefighters were in the apparatus—which stayed upright and on all wheels for the duration of the incident—at the time of impact.
"The department had some employees that chose not to get vaccinated, and those employees requested an accommodation."
"The water was chest-deep inside her car, so we knew we needed to move quickly."
Firefighters were able to knock down the flames before they spread to the neighboring homes.
The second victim—the woman's son—was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Ford faces the death penalty during the sentencing phase of his trial, which begins Monday morning.
When crews got to the scene, flames were showing from the front of the single-story residence.
The Burlington Fire Department spent Saturday through Monday training.
"It was boom, boom, boom. It was quick."
The fire broke out at a home in Elizabeth on Park Avenue, near Palisade Road, and was confined to one residence.