SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Training helped save a 27-year-old Monmouth Junction firefighter after he fell through the floor of a burning house on George’s Road Thursday.
“The firefighter who fell followed his training and immediately radioed his location,” Monmouth Junction Fire Chief Scott Smith said. “The other team moved rapidly to locate and remove him. His rescue is a credit to all the firefighters involved.”
Police and firefighters were called to 952 George’s Road at 9:32 a.m. after a passerby noticed smoke coming out of a basement window of the two-and-a-half story home.
Police said the first officer on the scene found the first floor with heavy smoke and the homeowner’s car still in the driveway.
Two teams of firefighters from the Monmouth Junction Fire Department entered the home to look for victims and find the start of the fire.
According to police, 10 minutes into the search, part of the first floor collapsed into the basement, taking the firefighter with it.
The firefighter radioed “mayday” and was quickly located and rescued by other units inside the building, police said.
He was treated at the scene and released, police said.
Some 50 firefighters from all three of the township departments as well as units from several neighboring towns responded to the scene, police said.
The family dog and cat perished in the three-alarm fire and were recovered from the second floor of the home, police said.
The homeowners returned to the house as firefighters battled the blaze, police said.
The South Brunswick Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire and the home is not habitable, police said.
As of Thursday night, officials determined the fire was accidental and caused by an electrical short, police said.
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