3 N.J. Firefighters, Police Officer Injured in Blaze

Three Maple Shade firefighters and a police officers were hospitalized following a fire late last night at a local nursing home, according to The Maple Shade Progress.

Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and one firefighter and a police officer sustained minor burns.

Crews responded to the fire at the Sterling Manor nursing center on North Fork Landing Road at approximately 10:28 p.m.

All 116 residents were evacuated and temporarily moved to a neighboring elementary school and by this morning were transported to other nursing facilities in the area after the structure suffered heavy smoke damage, according to the report.

Officials said coordination between the fire and police departments helped response to the incident.

"It was a great combined effort," Maple Shade Police Lt. Jeffrey Hoch told the newspaper. "We couldn't do this if we didn’t help each other."

Fire officials said the fire was under control in just over an hour.

The fire started in the laundry room of the one-story facility but the exact cause is still unknown.

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