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Firefighter rescues individual hanging out of window during fire in Warren County

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WHITE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A local firefighter rescued a 47-year-old woman hanging out of a window during a fire Monday morning in Warren County.

The fire was reported at 7:56 a.m. at 5 Acres Flea Market, located at 421 Route 46, in White Township.

Chief Vazquez, who is the Independence First Aid Squad chief and a Mountain Lake Fire Company firefighter, was driving home at the time of the alarm and was passing through the area, Independence First Aid Squad said in a Facebook post.

Chief Vazquez arrived within minutes and found heavy black smoke pushing from the upper level of the structure, initial radio updates were made notifying the Warren County Communications Center and responding units with a working structure fire with entrapment, authorities said.

“Bystanders yelled that there was a victim hanging out of a window. Chief Vazquez utilized a ladder to rescue the victim, authorities said.

Fire crews arrived shortly after and quickly extinguished the fire. There were no further injuries reported, authorities said.

The woman was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Trooper Alejandro Goez said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately available.

Mountain Lake Fire Company was assisted by the Belvidere Emergency Medical Services, Oxford Emergency Squad, St. Luke’s EMS 41-53 and the Antique Fire Association of New Jersey.

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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