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.