A police officer and a firefighter were hurt Tuesday afternoon as a fire left two homes unlivable in Hackettstown, police report.
Town police, fire and emergency medical personnel responded at 3:18 p.m. to 5 Route 57 and saw smoke coming from a second-story window, Sgt. Darren Tynan said in a news release.
A connected residence at 7 Route 57 sustained smoke and water damage, Tynan said. Neither could be lived in until repairs are made, Tynan said.
A police officer suffered smoke inhalation and a firefighter suffered a minor injury that was treated at Hackettstown Medical Center, Tynan said.
The police Detective Bureau, the Mount Olive Township fire marshal and the Warren County fire marshal said the cause of the fire is undetermined but it was not suspicious, Tynan said.
Route 57 was closed for about an hour between Route 182 and Herbert Lane, Tynan said.
Town fire police and public works employees assisted at the scene as did firefighters from Washington, Tri County, Independence Township, Allamuchy Township, Budd Lake, Schooley’s Mountain and Netcong, Tynan said. The American Red Cross, the Hackettstown Construction Department and JCP&L also aided in the effort, Tynan said.