FAIRFIELD, NJ — A Fairfield firefighter was injured in an overnight tractor-trailer fire on route 80 late on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, July 27, according to Fairfield Fire Department.

Fairfield Fire Chief Tim Connolly said the firefighter, who will remain anonymous in this case, was operating on the fire ground when a hose that was connected to the pump of the engine failed and caused a high-pressure line to blow off.

“The firefighter was struck in the leg and was immediately taken into the care of the West Essex First Aid Squad that was already requested and standing by on the highway’s shoulder,” said Connolly. “He was treated and released on scene.”

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Just after midnight on July 27, Fairfield Fire and Police Departments, the West Essex First Aid Squad and New Jersey State Police responded to a report of a fully engulfed tractor-trailer fire. At approximately 12:09 a.m., New Jersey State Police reported that the driver of the tractor-trailer was unable to disconnect a trailer from the vehicle.  

The scene was cleared before 7 a.m. on Wednesday.