Firefighting, Fireground Safety

Firefighters Suffer Minor Injuries in Fatal New Jersey Fire

A half-dozen firefighters sustained a range of minor injuries during an attempted rescue yesterday evening in South Toms River, New Jersey.

Firefighters responding to a fire in the ranch-style home made entry and tried to force their way into a burning basement in hopes of rescuing a person inside. They retreated after experiencing untenable conditions, according to a Star-Ledger report (


“We had heavy heat and smoke and fire,” Ocean County Chief Fire Coordinator Brian Gabriel said. “We had flashover conditions, which forced them completely out of the building. The conditions were untenable.”

Firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior then re-entered after knocking down the flames. One of the home’s occupants was killed.

Gabriel said the injuries sustained by the firefighters were minor, ranging from elevated blood pressure to a steam burn to a fragment of metal in one crew member’s eye.

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