LAMBERTVILLE CITY, NJ ( Hunterdon County) – A resident and two police officers were sent to the hospital following an apartment fire early Thursday morning in Hunterdon County.
The fire was reported on Jan. 12 at 1:34 a.m. at the South Hunterdon Apartments, located at 181 N. Main Street, in Lambertville City, authorities said.
Upon arrival, officers found a 69- year-old unconscious man, who was removed from the residence, evaluated, and then airlifted to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where his condition remains unknown, authorities said.
During the rescue, one officer from the Lambertville Police Department suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest for treatment. A second officer was sent to Hunterdon Medical Center with minor injuries and has been released, authorities said.
Six apartments of the seventeen unit complex were evacuated. A temporary shelter was established at Lambertville Public School and residents were subsequently placed in the care of local family and friends, authorities said.
The cause of the fire in under the joint investigation of the Lambertville Fire Department, the Lambertville Police Department, the Lambertville Fire Official, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s office, and the State Fire Marshall, authorities said.
Lambertville Fire Department, West Amwell Fire, New Hope, Stockton, Sergeantsville, Amwell Valley, Midway, Quakertown, multiple units from Mercer County, Lambertville police, Raritan Township police, Flemington police, West Amwell police, Delaware Township police, Lambertville OEM, Lambertville C.E.R.T, Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad, Flemington Rescue Squad, Quakertown Rescue Squad, and an ALS Unit of Hunterdon Medical Center assisted at the scene.
“On behalf of the residents at South Hunterdon Apartments, the City wishes to express it sincere gratitude to all the emergency services personnel who responded. We offer our most hopeful wishes for the full recovery of those individuals injured at the scene,” authorities said.