NJ firefighter injured while battling church fire

Crews evacuated 30 people from the church complex and satellite college campus during the blaze

By FireRescue1 Staff

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — A firefighter and several police officers were injured Wednesday while responding to a church complex fire.

Crews evacuated around 30 people during the fire; no civilians were injured, reported the New Jersey Online

The firefighter sustained minor injuries due to a cut on his finger and police officers were treated for smoke inhalation. 

“There was a lot of smoke in there, we couldn’t see anything,” Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi said. “I thank God we got everyone out.”

Police said the fire broke outside the building and then made its way up the elevator shaft to the fourth floor.

The fire is still under investigation. 

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