July 22, 2022 | East Orange, New Jersey: Police officials in New Jersey have confirmed that at least one person died in the massive three alarm blaze that engulfed an apartment building in East Orange, New Jersey late Thursday evening that went on into the early morning hours.
Just after 12:30 am, a fire started at an apartment building on Prospect Street. The four-story structure was quickly engulfed with heavy fire that spread to the roof. Thick dark smoke could be seen emanating from the location as the fire raged on for more than eight hours.
Firefighters battled the blaze as sections of the building collapsed and the intense fire wasn’t declared under control until around 9 a.m. Friday morning. An elderly woman died during the fire, said the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
A nearby resident and eyewitnesses described the scene and moment a firefighter was injured to our FNTV Journalist.
“A firefighter was injured, off the third floor he jumped out the window, almost. I think he tried to jump out the window or he did but he was hurt. He was hurt and there was a car, some debris fell from the fire and hit a car and there was another explosion. So that building is completely demolished, it’s gonna be gone.”
Among the six injured residents treated by EMS at the scene, at least five firefighters were transported to University Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
A temporary shelter for displaced residents of the fire can be located a block away at Edward T. Bowser, Sr. Elementary School at 180 Lincoln Street. The American Red Cross are providing direct aid, around 18 families have lost their homes.
The official cause of the devastating fire has yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing.
Video by Daniel Valls (FreedomNews.TV)