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BREAKING: Severe Injuries Reported After Three-Alarm Fire Tears Through House in Cranford


UPDATE 9:10 am: This is a confirmed fatal fire with one victim. A neighbor safely rescued two people. 

Firefighters are on the scene battling a fire with at least one person severely injured inside a house in Union County. 

Cranford firefighter raced to 23 Beech Street after receiving reports of a fire with possible trapped occupants. 

Upon arrival, the crew observed heavy flames tearing through the roof of a wood-framed house. 

Crews stretched several lines to beat down fire that began engulfing much of the single-family home. 

After several minutes of extinguishing flames that poured through the structure's windows, firefighters made their way inside and found a badly injured person on the upper floors of the home. 

As of 8:03 a.m., firefighters continued to hit hot spots while officials declared a second alarm for manpower. 

Several Union County municipalities, including Linden, Westfield and Elizabeth, provided mutual assistance. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.