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3 people rescued from Newton house fire

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Three people were rescued from a house fire in Newton on Friday afternoon.

Newton Fire Department officials say the department responded to a structure fire with possible entrapment at a residence on Spring Street at 1:52 p.m. When units arrived, Newton Fire Chief upgraded the assignment to a working fire.

Newton Police and Fredon Fire Chief were using extinguishers to knock down the fire, officials said.

Newton police officers were able to escort 2 occupants from the second-floor to the outside. Past Andover Township Fire Chief Danielson assisted in conducting a search of the first-floor and while searching the room with the fire, he observed a female in the bed, officials said.

“Alone, and facing extreme heat and smoke conditions, he wrapped the victim in bedding and dragged her from the residence,” authorities said.

Newton Engine 2 arrived on scene and stretched a hand line to fire apartment to knock down the remaining fire and Engine 1 assisted past Chief Danielson with the victim, officials said.

She was then treated by Newton Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad, Saint Clare’s Health Paramedics and Atlantic Air Ambulance for transport to a regional burn center, authorities said.

Andover’s 32-61 arrived on scene and was assigned to overhaul and look for extension. Tower 4 arrived and was assigned to ventilate the building. Secondary searches were made and with negative results, officials said.

All units were clear in about 2 hours.

The fire investigation is being conducted by the Sussex County Fire Marshal, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Newton Police Department.

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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