June 25, 2014
RLS Metro Breaking News - A woman was rescued by emergency officials through the attic window of the East Jersey Street home this afternoon, after the lower levels of the home caught fire.
At around 2:47 p.m., Elizabeth firefighters responded to a three-story home located at 537 East Jersey Street to combat a house fire.
According to Fire Chief Daniel Campbell, when firefighters and emergency personnel arrived on the scene, there was fire heavy fire in the basement,. It is unclear at this time if that is where the fire originated, Campbell said.
A 55-year-old woman was rescued from the third floor attic of the home and transported to St. Barnabas Hospital In Livingsyon according to Campbell. The womans's condition is unknown at this time but injuries appear to be non-life threatened, added the chief.
A firefighter was transported to Trinitas Hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, Campbell said.
Maria Menendez, a city resident that was getting off a local bus saw first-hand when firefighters rescued the woman from a third-story home.
“The fireman risked his life to save this woman, I don’t even think he had a mask on when he went to rescue her,” said Menendez. “They did a phenomenal job, and may God bless them for all that they do,” Menendez added.
The home where the fire originated is not uninhabitable and we are in the process of inspecting the other two homes to see the extent of damage Campbell added.
Fire fighters from across Union County assisted at the scene and respondes to additional incidents that was reported throughout the city.