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Monday, March 11, 2013

5-Alarm Fire Harrison, New Jersey - With "Backflash Explosion" Injures 5 Firefighters

New York News | NYC Breaking News

Five firefighters were injured while battling a five-alarm fire at a northern New Jersey   industrial building when a massive explosion happened. At the Harrison, New Jersey five-alarm fire, the backflash explosion created a huge plume of smoke that could be seen for miles, and fire extended to some adjoining buildings.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, though a battalion chief was bleeding from cuts he received from broken glass. "When that glass blew out, he got it all in his face and his body," said Harrison fire Capt. Robert Gillen. "He was bleeding profusely." Harrison Fire Capt. Robert Gille also stated, "They were literally thrown out of the building by the smoke explosion." According to Harrison Fire Captain Robert Gillen, five firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries in a backdraft explosion while fighting the blaze and were taken to Jersey City Medical Center. Four of the five injured firefighters had been released from the hospital by Monday.

The fire broke out Sunday morning at around 11:00 a.m. in Harrison, New Jersey and burned for several hours before it was brought under control. It's not yet clear what sparked the blaze, which apparently started in a restaurant on the building's ground floor and spread toward a nearby apartment building. No civilian injuries were reported.

The Red Cross said they are assisting more than 15 people displaced by the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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