NJ firefighter critically injured responding to wildfire
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service firefighter suffered a medical emergency while responding to the 170-acre blaze
Update March 16, 2021: The New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) announced that the forest fire that burned 170 acres in Lakewood and Brick reached 100% containment as of 2 p.m. Monday.
The injured firefighter remained in critical condition in the hospital as of 5 p.m. Monday, NJFFS officials said.
By Laura French
LAKEWOOD, N.J. — A New Jersey firefighter is in critical condition after suffering a medical emergency responding to a wildfire Sunday.
The New Jersey Forest Fire Services (NJFFS) firefighter was among the crews battling a 170-acre blaze that shut down a section of the Garden State Parkway and destroyed at least two mixed-use professional/commercial structures, according to the NJFFS.
The firefighter was listed in critical condition in the hospital as of Sunday night. According to NBC Philadelphia, the firefighter suffered a "cardiac incident" while responding to the blaze.
Nearly 30 homes were damaged in the blaze, including three that were rendered uninhabitable, according to Patch.com. The fire was about 50% contained as of 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Officials said 40 mph winds contributed to the fire's spread. The origin of the blaze was identified but the exact cause remains under investigation.
HAPPENING NOW: Heavy brush fire in Lakewood Industrial Park has caused commercial buildings to go up in flames. Lakewood, state Forest Fire Service and mutual aid is on scene. Nearby businesses have been evacuated. pic.twitter.com/iGYa0vVPGL— Lakewood News Network (@LakewoodNewsNet) March 14, 2021