Video: Several Rescued from NJ Building Fire

Dec. 18, 2023
Three firefighters were hurt in a fire that left several people trapped on the second floor of the mixed-use building in Boonton.

Lauren Musni (TNS)

Seven people were rescued and three firefighters injured after a blaze broke out in a Morris County residence on Saturday night.

Boonton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 121 Mechanic St. in Boonton around 11:15 p.m.

The location is a two-story building with a machine shop on the first floor and a residential space on the second, according to Boonton Police Captain Christopher Petonak.

When officials arrived on the scene, residents on the second floor were attempting to exit out the two front windows, but were unsuccessful, Petonak said.

Using ladders, firefighters were able to rescue seven people, including a child, from the windows. None of the victims were injured.

Firefighters also rescued four kenneled dogs.

Fire crews used an interior staircase to battle the flames, but when those stairs collapsed, they exited the building via a ladder, Petonak noted.

Three firefighters suffered minor trauma-related injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment, he said.

After about one to two hours and the response of around a hundred firefighters, the blaze was placed under control, according to Petonak.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Boonton Police Department’s Detective Bureau, Morris County CSI and local fire officials.

The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced residents.

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