INDEPENDNECE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Five people were injured, including a firefighter and a cat was killed in an afternoon fire on Easter Sunday in Warren County.
It happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. at 2 Main Street near Roosevelt Avenue in Independence Township.
The fire was quickly upgraded to a one-alarm assessment after receiving multiple calls reporting flames coming from the residence.
A firefighter suffered burns and was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center, authorities said.
Four people suffered smoke inhalation but only one was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center, authorities said.
Two dogs and a cat were pulled from the fire by Hackettstown firefighters. The Independence First Aid Squad crews provided first aid to the dogs by utilizing their pet oxygen masks and were then transported to the Harmony Animal Hospital. Both dogs are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.
Crews performed CPR on the cat, but unfortunately the cat passed away, authorities said
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
The American Red Cross is helping a family of 3 with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food, clothing and other immediate needs.
The Independence First Aid Squad is collecting gift cards for the family involved in this devastating fire. Gift cards can be dropped off at their building located at 3 Regina Lane, Great Meadows, NJ 07838, any time, or you can call 908-736-6109, to arrange a pick up time.