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Firefighters rescue elderly woman from house fire in Warren County

WASHINGTON BOROUGH, (Warren County) – Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from inside a burning house Saturday morning.

The fire was reported shortly before 9:00 a.m. at 82 Youmans Avenue.

When firefighters arrived on scene, smoke was showing from the residence and an elderly female was reportedly trapped on the second floor. Firefighters made entry into the the home and were met with police officers on the second floor who confirmed a female was trapped. Her location on the second floor was not known, Washington Borough Fire Chief Dirk Higgins said.

While firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions they still conducted a primary search and located the female who was unconscious. The female was extricated through a second floor window and used Washington Brough’s ladder truck which was made up of Washington Borough and Hampton firefighters who assisted in the bringing the female to the ground, Higgins said.

She was then airlifted to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Higgins said.

While this was occurring, other firefighters worked on extinguishing the fire and at one point they lost water pressure due to kinks in the hose, Higgins said.

The fire was contained to the room of origin, Higgins said.

Four Washington Township police officers suffered smoke inhalation and were released, according to reports.

The New Jersey Red Cross assisted a family of two with temporary lodging, food and clothing needs. No yet on what caused the fire.

The Washington Emergency Squad and the Washington Township, Franklin Township, Hackettstown, Belvidere, Hampton, Oxford Township and Mansfield Township fire departments as well as other departments assisted at the scene.

A dog, named Cheyenne, got scared during the house fire and ran away. As of Monday morning, she was found and is back home safe, police said.

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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