Pregnant Woman Jumps to Escape 2-Alarm New Jersey Fire

A pregnant woman had to jump from the second floor of duplex to escape a fire early Wednesday in Salem, New Jersey.

The two-alarm fire was reported at about 3:30 a.m., according to a report on (, but kept rekindling as firefighters were still on the scene at 6:30 a.m.

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The woman came out on a small porch roof and asked neighbors for a ladder, but, when no one could provide one and the flames were coming through the window behind, she jumped, according to a neighbor. She was transported to a trauma unit in Newark, Delaware.

Firefighters arrived believing there might be people trapped inside the burning building, but when they realized everyone was out, they attempted to fight the fire from the outside, said Salem Fire Chief Fred Ayars. Residents escaped, but a cat and dog died.

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For more on response to residential fires, consider Initial Search and Interior Isolation at Dwelling Fires, Private-Dwelling Fire Drill, and Residential Search and Rescue Carries and Drags.

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