Firefighters Save Residents Trapped in Elizabeth Blaze

Four alarm blaze tears through apartment building

By Alice McQuillan
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:38 PM EDT
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Firefighters Save Residents Trapped in Elizabeth Blaze

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A raging four-alarm fire tore through an Elizabeth, N.J. apartment building early Monday morning, briefly trapping people until firefighters rescued them.

One resident suffered burns on his legs and a firefighter was burned on his back and shoulder in the blaze that erupted around 4 a.m. on Garden Street near the corner of Grier Avenue

“The fire went to four alarms and we were able to remove all the occupants,” said Elizabeth Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Sanducas.

The chief said it took about an hour to get the heavy fire under control. It’s unclear what caused the blaze, which remains under investigation.

The fire left at least a dozen people homeless and the Red Cross is helping to find them shelter.

The injured firefighter is being treated at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
 

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