Authorities in Newark spent a portion of the overnight looking into a suspicious incident that left two men suffering severe burns inside an apartment in the city Thursday evening.
Newark authorities have not released officials information on the circumstances of the incident, but according to preliminary and on the scene reports, firefighters raced to a mixed-use building located in the 400 block of Springfield Avenue after receiving reports of injured victims inside an apartment.
Witnesses told RLS Media that when emergency responders arrived at the two-story building, firefighters pulled two badly burned males -who appeared middle eastern- from the building at around 5:40 p.m.
EMS rushed the victims to St. Barnabas Medical Center Burn Unit in Livingston where doctors treated injuries then listed the pair in stable condition according to reports.
Witnesses occupying a portion of the building at the time of the incident said they heard loud noises coming from upstairs, a weird smell, fire alarms then water leaked from the ceiling prompting them to dial 911.
Other witnesses on the scene spoke of chemicals, explosives, or drug interaction that the men came in contact with which caused their burns.
The suspicious incident had high-level officials from the Newark Public Safety Department and County authorities on the city and the investigation remains active and ongoing.