Marlboro, NJ, Firefighter Injured at House Fire

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Erik Larsen

Asbury Park Press

(MCT)

MARLBORO – Two township police officers and a firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation after a blaze at a Tennent Road home late Sunday night, according to authorities.

Before the fire department arrived, Officers Donna Gonzalez and Ryan Anzalone had gone into the burning house to save an adult male who was trapped inside a second floor bedroom filled with smoke, said police Capt. Steve Levy of the Marlboro Police Department.

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The officers were able to rescue the man – safely escorting him downstairs and outside of the residence, Levy said.

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Both officers were treated at the scene by members of the Morganville First Aid Squad. One firefighter was later transported by ambulance to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge after also being overcome by smoke inhalation, Levy said.

The blaze was reported in a 911 call made at 11:38 p.m. from one of the residents who said there was a possible fire in the house, he said.

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Gonzalez, Anzalone, and Officers Michael Morgante and Colin Murray responded to the scene and reported a heavy smoke condition coming out of the attic, Levy said.

The officers met the homeowners, along with several family members, who were standing outside the house. At first, the family thought everyone had managed to get out. However, it was quickly confirmed they were not all accounted for, he said.

Tennent Road was closed between Church Road and Duncan Drive for approximately three hours while emergency personnel were on scene and firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but does not appear to be suspicious, Levy said.

In addition to the Marlboro police, the responding agencies included the Marlboro Fire Department, Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company, Morganville Fire Department, Marlboro First Aid Squad, Morganville First Aid Squad, Gordons Corner Fire Company, Adelphia Fire Company, East Freehold Fire Company, Freehold Fire Department, Englishtown Fire Department, Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office and Marlboro fire inspectors.

Erik Larsen: 732-682-9359 or elarsen@gannettnj.com

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