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. 

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE - LAKEWOOD, NJ - 5:00 P.M. As of 2 p.m. today, the Lakewood area wildfire is at 167 acres and has...

Posted by New Jersey Forest Fire Service on Monday, March 15, 2021

Original report:

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. 

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE - LAKEWOOD, NJ - 11:30 P.M. As of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the Lakewood area wildfire remains at 170 acres....

Posted by New Jersey Forest Fire Service on Sunday, March 14, 2021
 

Mutual Aid Assist- The Beachwood Fire Department provided assistance in Lakewood and Brick today for the major brush...

Posted by Beachwood Vol. Fire Department on Sunday, March 14, 2021
 

Our department was dispatched for Mutual Aid to Lakewood Twp @ 1351hrs to assist with structural protection due to a...

Posted by Pleasant Plains Vol. Fire Department on Sunday, March 14, 2021

 

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