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2-year-old child rescued following 2-alarm fire in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Police rescued a child from a burning building Tuesday afternoon in Hackettstown.

On June 1, at around 12:56 p.m., the Hackettstown Police, Hackettstown Fire Department and the Hackettstown Rescue Squad responded to 116 Main Street, which has a storage facility on the first-floor and two apartments on the second-floor, in reference to a possible structure fire, police said.

Once officers arrived on scene, the officers observed flames coming from the roof. An officer grabbed a fire extinguisher, used a ladder in the rear of the property to gain access to the roof and attempted to extinguish the flames but was unable to put the fire out, police said.

Two other officers gained access to the second-floor utilizing a ladder to check if anyone was inside the upstairs apartments. An officer located a 2-year-old boy on the bed in an apartment and carried him outside, police said.

No injuries were reported and the two apartments were deemed uninhabitable. The storage facility owned by FrutiMex suffered minor water damage and there was no damage to the FrutiMex store located at 118 Main Street. The fire was extinguished at around 2:15 p.m., police said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but remains under investigation by the Hackettstown Detective Bureau, Mount Olive Township Fire Marshal and the Warren County Fire Marshal, police said.

The child being left unattended in the apartment remains under investigation, police said.

Route 46 was closed between Route 517 and West Stiger Street for approximately two and half hours, police said.

Assisting at the scene were the Hackettstown Fire Police, Hackettstown Department of Public Works, Hackettstown Office of Emergency Management, Hackettstown Building Inspector, Washington Boro Fire Department, Tri County Fire Company, Independence Twp Fire Department, Allamuchy Township Fire Department, Budd Lake Fire Department, Schooley’s Mountain Fire Department, Jersey Central Power & Light, Elizabethtown Gas, and Warren County Fire Coordinator.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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