5 NJ Firefighters Injured in 3-Alarm Townhouse Fire

Five firefighters were injured and about two dozen people displaced in a three-alarm fire Friday at a townhouse development in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Mayor Michael Gonnelli, a former chief of the fire department, told The Jersey Journal (http://bit.ly/1dhn4T2) that the fire was difficult, “taking off” once it had gotten into the walls and ceilings of the structure.

The five injured firefighters were taken to an area hospital; by Saturday afternoon, three had been released but two were still being treated for heat-related injuries.

Firefighters from the municipalities of Rutherford, Wallington, Lyndhurst, East Rutherford, and Carlstadt also helped put out the fire, which was reported around 5:45 p.m. and was brought under control around 7:15 p.m.

For more details on the incident, go to http://bit.ly/1dhn4T2.

For more on firefighting concerns in such structures, consider Garden Apartment and Townhouse Fires, TOWNHOUSE FIRES, and Garden Apartment and Townhouse Fires.

For more on fire spread, consider Concealed Spaces and Fire Spread , Dunn’s Dispatch: Stopping Fire Spread , and Fighting Fires in Concealed Spaces.

For more on firefighter rehab, consider USFA Chief on Firefighter Safety in Extreme Heat and Drill of the Week: Incident Rehab Procedures.

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