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Newark Fire Captain Assaulted Responding to Fire at Homeless Encampment

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By: Najla Alexander

Authorities in Newark are investigating an assault that occurred when firefighters responded to a scene of a fire. 

According to Newark authorities, at approximately 11:05 a.m., Sunday, November 27, a Newark Fire Captain was assaulted after responding to a fire under Route 21 at the 100 block of Riverside Avenue, where homeless individuals have been living for years .

Authorities said when firefighters extinguished the fire, a homeless man at the scene struck a Fire Captain with a can of food.

The Fire Captain was transported to University Hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury, officials said. 

The suspect was arrested and transported to University Hospital for crisis evaluation.