A Trenton, N.J. Firefighter was transported by ambulance to a hospital after he was hurt at one of two fires that broke out in the city Wednesday night.
The injured firefighter, a member of Rescue Co. 1 whose name was not released, was hurt when he slipped on ice at the scene of a fire in the 400 block of Hoffman Avenue, Battalion Chief Qareeb Bashir said.
At this time, the injured firefighter is at Capital Health System at Fuld hospital undergoing treatment for a possible dislocated shoulder and other injuries.
Bashir said the blaze, reported at 7 p.m., involved food left cooking on the stovetop.
Firefighters from Engine 1 and Ladder 1 were initially dispatched to the apartment building for a reported fire alarm activation. But when they arrived, they were told there was smoke on the second floor, Bashir said.
As a result, a full first alarm was sounded and additional firefighters rushed to the scene as a precaution.
“When they got up to the second floor they were confronted with a large amount of smoke and had difficulty entering the apartment because no one was home,” Bashir said. After finally gaining entry to the apartment, firefighters found a pot of food burning on the stove.
While the damage was minimal, the fire generated a tremendous amount of smoke that filled the second and third floors of the building. Firefighters used several fan to clear the smoke away.
One resident who complained of minor smoke inhalation was treated on the scene by ambulance personnel, Bashir said.
The second blaze broke out in an apartment on North Stockton Street about 9:15 p.m. The blaze was quickly contained to a bedroom, officials said. At least two people were left homeless because of the damage and the Red Cross was called out to assist them.