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UPDATE: Newark Firefighter Severely Burned Battling Multi-Alarm Building Fire

By rlsmetro on

The American Red Cross assisted about 70 residents from a raging fire that erupted in a building in Newark Saturday. 

According to a statement from Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé, at approximately 2:17 p.m., firefighters raced to South 16th Street and Clinton Avenue on a call of a 2-alarm fire on the 4th floor of an occupied 4-story residential building.

Director Frage said a 3rd alarm was called at 2:33 p.m. after heavy flames raced through the top of the brick building. 

One firefighter was injured and was transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center. The injured fire captain suffered severe burns to his hands, arms, neck, and head.

He is reportedly in stable condition Director Frage said. 

No other injuries have been reported.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Newark Department Public Safety Arson Unit.