UNION, NJ – A Union firefighter was injured while battling a two-alarm house fire on Stecher Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

A fire alarm activation was received by the Union Fire Department at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, according to Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke from the first and second floors at the front and rear of the home. 

With assistance from Elizabeth and Hillside firefighters, the blaze was extinguished within 60 minutes.  Scanio said the home was very heavily damaged.  One Union firefighter received second degree burns on his ears and burns on his neck, Scanio said.  The injured firefighter was transported to and treated at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.  He has since been released.

Scanio said there were no other injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.