Two New Jersey Firefighters Hurt in Commercial Building Fire

Two firefighters were injured Friday night battling a fire on Easton Avenue, reports

The fire was reported at 7:42 p.m., occurring at a commercial building at 888 Easton Ave., said Sgt. Philip Rizzo.

Dan Krushinski, chief of East Franklin Firehouse, said the duty crew got to the scene in four minutes. Firefighters encountered heavy black smoke and intense heat that prevented them from advancing a water line to the second floor. There were combustibles in the building, including oxygen tanks in doctors’ offices, he said.

“We pulled everyone out of the building and went to a defensive operation within 15 minutes,” Krushinski said.

The fire spread quickly through the building. Firefighters were on scene for several hours until the fire appeared to be out. Inspectors were on the scene at about 5 a.m., though, when they noticed smoldering fire on the roof between the sheathing and shingles. They called for apparatus to return with more firefighters, who shot water at the smoldering file until 6 a.m., making sure there were no flair-ups.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the incident — one slipped and fell on ice and another suffered from hypothermia. Both were transported to the hospital and released, authorities said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the Franklin Township Office of Fire Prevention.

Portions of Easton Avenue and Foxwood Drive were shut down throughout the night to accommodate the on-scene apparatus.

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