Two Paterson firefighters who suffered severe burns fighting a blaze at a three-story apartment building over the weekend likely will remain hospitalized for several days, according to city officials.
The firefighters were in the third floor area in the building at 746 East 18th Street when a “flashover” occurred, suddenly filling the area they occupied with flames, according to Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postorino.
“They did everything they could to get out of there,” said Postorino. “The captain dove over the railing.”
The chief said their injuries were the worst burns suffered by Paterson firefighters in about a decade.
Capt. Frank Liscio and Firefighter Brian Hirschmanner suffered significant burns in the incident, the chief said. They are being treated at the St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston, he said.
A third firefighter, Daniel Alcala, was treated for burns at St. Barnabas and released on Sunday, the chief said.
Liscio has been a city firefighter since 1998, while Hirschmanner and Alcala joined the department in 2013 and 2012, according to city records.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, officials said. None of the people living in the building were injured, officials said.
Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres accompanied Postorino in visiting the two hospitalized firefighters on Monday afternoon. The mayor wished the two men speedy recoveries