New Jersey Firefighter Seriously Injured in Duplex Fire

Eight people were displaced from a duplex in Little Falls (NJ) and two firefighters injured, one seriously, when a fire tore through the two story structure, leaving the porch and roof collapsed, reports

The seriously injured firefighter from Great Notch Fire Company No. 4 was hurt when the front porch of the home collapsed on him, Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Cordero said. Responders rushed him to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for treatment as he was reporting pain below his legs, he said. Officials later said that he broke his leg.

The other firefighter, a deputy chief, burned his hand while working a hose line and was treated at the scene for his injury, Cordero said.

“There was a heavy fire condition on arrival,” Cordero said of the fire, which was reported at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. And two hours later, although the main body of the fire had been knocked down, firefighters were still working to extinguish the burning embers. “It took a while to extinguish.”

At one point firefighters had four hose lines stretched, two of them from the top of fire engines with their ladders angled toward the front of the building.

And as firefighters poured more water on the flames, heavy smoke filled the roadway.

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