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Investigation underway into cause of fire that injured 2 firefighters in Somerset County

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – An investigation is underway after two firefighters were injured battling a fire last Thursday afternoon in Bridgewater Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On April 13, at around 3:57 p.m., Bridgewater Township Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire on Long Road, McDonald said.

The fire spread causing damage to over four acres of woodland property located on Long Road, McDonald said.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital due to injuries they sustained during fire suppression efforts, McDonald said.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fire Investigation Unit responded to investigate the cause and origin of the fire, in conjunction with the Bridgewater Township Police Department, and fire officials, McDonald said.

The Liberty Corner, Martinsville, Lyons Veterans Affair, Bedminster/Far Hills, Bernardsville, Warren, and Potterville Fire Companies along with the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service responded to extinguish the fire.

Anyone with information relating to this fire to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Fire Investigation Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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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